AXA Wealth Fat Boys bring home the bacon

A team from AXA Wealth have been riding high as they take part in a 400km fundraiser down the Spanish coast.

The Fat Boys, as they are known, are raising money for AXA Wealth's two charities of the year – Ark and The UK Sepsis Trust.

The AXA Wealth team of chief executive Mike Kellard, Ian Colquhoun, director corporate investment services, senior programme manager Dave Deadman, head of strategic management Dave Whiteman, head of executive office Simon Daunter, and Original Fat Boy Nick Elphick, who left AXA Wealth two years ago, have been eating up the miles and clocking up the cash on the four-day trek which started on Monday.

Training is never easy but this year it has been even harder for Mike, who has made a great recovery from sepsis – a potentially fatal form of blood poisoning. This delayed his training but he and the others have shown great spirit in getting in the saddle for what is the sixth fundraiser by the Fat Boys team.

Over the past five years, and with the backing of their generous supporters, the Fat Boys have raised more than £85,000 for various good causes.

Mike said: “We’re so thankful to everyone who has donated money over the years – the generosity has been overwhelming. “When we started, we couldn’t have dreamed that within five years, we’d have raised this kind of money for such great charities. So far this year, we have raised nearly £10,000, so thank you once again to all our sponsors and our primary supporter, FNZ. A few months ago, we were thinking of cancelling the ride, but this is an ideal way to give something back. The Spanish heat adds another challenge, but seeing the incredible support we have been given is great motivation.”

You can read more about the charity challenge, and make a donation, by going to their Virgin Money Giving page