Team Champion riders raise more than £40k

There were cheers and beers as a team of charity cyclists celebrated a marvellous fundraising feat in support of Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

The 24-strong Team Champion The Wacky Riders were among thousands of cyclists who took part in Bike 4 Cancer’s 58-mile London to Brighton bike ride on September 11.

The cyclists were all raising money for the charity’s £5million appeal.

It was hoped that the total would hit £30,000 – but at a get-together to celebrate the success of the fundraising event, it was revealed that the final total has in fact topped £40,000.  

Perry Champion, who was the driving force behind the Team Champion effort, and Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, were delighted to hold up a large cheque which showed that the final total has reached £40,693.62.

Perry, director of the Basingstoke-based construction industry-related Champion Group, headquartered in Roentgen Road, Basingstoke, said: “All of the cyclists were delighted to complete the London to Brighton challenge – it was a great team effort.

“We are all so grateful to the wonderful businesses and individuals who have sponsored and supported us. This generosity, and the hard work and effort that the cyclists have put in, means our fundraising efforts have really paid off for a local good cause that we are pleased and proud to support.”

Perry added the Team Champion cyclists were particularly grateful to their main sponsors. In addition to the Champion Group itself, Loft Plan, John Reilly Civil Engineering Ltd, Chandler HP, Redrow Homes, and PB Edwards all came on board with key sponsorship support.

He also thanked Basingstoke-based Cotton Graphics, which is owned by former England and Hampshire cricketer Shaun Udal. Shaun’s company kindly provided the riders’ shirts, and put the logos of the main sponsors on these.

Mark Jones told the get-together at The Swan, in Sherborne St John: “Team Champion have really lived up to their name, and Ark Cancer Centre Charity is very grateful to all of the riders who completed this challenge. They have all put in a lot of time, effort and their own money to prepare for, and participate, in this fundraising event.

“The charity is also grateful to all of the generous businesses and individual supporters who have got behind the fabulous Team Champion cyclists. The riders, sponsors and supporters have all made a big difference to the charity’s fundraising campaign.”

Picture caption: Team Champion before the riders set off for Brighton