A team of fundraisers from Civil Engineering company Gallagher Group have pledged their ongoing support to Demelza by signing up to the European cycling challenge; The Italian Job. This will be the fourth sponsored challenge event the group of fundraisers have signed up to, having successfully completed Demelza 101 cycles from our Sittingbourne hospice to Paris in both 2014 and 2018, and to Amsterdam in 2016. To date, Gallagher have raised more than £45,000 to help fund Demelza's specialist care and emotional support.
Gallagher Group employee and keen cyclist, Adrian Hollamby, says: "I am incredibly honoured and proud to be part of a Gallagher team taking part in this year’s cycling event The Italian Job. Having visited the Sittingbourne hospice and seeing and hearing first-hand the amazing work the Demelza Team does in supporting children, young adults and their families in the toughest of times is truly humbling. To provide the services and support they do with such passion and compassion is truly inspiring and Demelza Hospice care for Children is a cause Gallagher Group are incredibly proud to support and assist in any way we can.
"I have been involved in other Demelza cycling adventures and, being part of the collective drive to complete these challenges to help Demelza continue to provide for the people that need them is fantastic. It’s amazing to see people push themselves to edge of their comfort zone and succeed, knowing that in doing so, they are raising valuable funds for Demelza. The knowledge that you are supporting Demelza provides you with the fuel to succeed and achieve things you didn’t think you could.
"The Italian Job is definitely a bucket list event - cycling around the Italian lakes and up iconic climbs with stunning vistas - what a setting to challenge yourself in!"
Demelza's Italian Job is a 3-day cycling challenge with breathtaking views of seven of the most stunning Italian lakes and Swiss mountain terrain. This ride is tailored specifically for a mixed cycling group where both trained novices and elites will each feel an incredible achievement on completion, plus an option to tackle the famous Madonna Climb.
There is still time to join the team and get training in before we pedal off in September 2019! Find out more and sign up to this once-in-a-lifetime challenge at www.demelza.org.uk/italian-job