An enthusiastic clutch of cyclists from construction company Osborne’s took on the ‘Chairman’s Cycle Challenge’ to raise funds for Demelza.
With a target of £12,000, the riders saddled up for a 25, 50 or 75-mile cycle sprint through the leafy lanes of Sussex and the South Downs – despite a day of appallingly inclement weather.
Osborne, with offices in London, Reigate and the Midlands, was founded 50 years ago by Geoffrey Osborne and has grown to become one of the country's leading
construction companies. The challenge was set by current Chairman Andrew Osborne as part of the company’s half-century celebrations.
Mr Osborne said: “We see our 50th birthday as the perfect occasion to give something back and leave a legacy for the communities within which we work.”
The cycle challenge combined two of the company’s objectives – of offering a physical but fun challenge for employees, their families and those with whom they work and to finance a community project with Demelza.
Employees from Osborne’s offices throughout the country threw themselves wholeheartedly into the challenge and everyone who took part made it to the finish at Chichester College where the Sports Centre team, brilliantly organised by Mark Forder, got everyone showered, cleaned and changed before supplying them with some very welcome hot food.
The total raised is now well over £9,000 with funds still rolling in to the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/OsborneChairmansCycleChallenge.
Demelza's Head of Fundraising Claire Ellis-Waghorn said: “Our corporate supporters are vitally important to the work we do with our families at Demelza and we are very grateful to all Osborne’s friends and families who sponsored the participants to raise this magnificent amount.
“We hope to release details of how the money will be spent in due course – we have something very special in mind!”