Team Buildbase tackles London to Paris by bike

Published:  22 June, 2011

UK/FRANCE: Last minute training is underway to prepare a team of Buildbase staff and suppliers for the 480km cycle ride from London to Paris in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Every Grafton Merchanting GB brand, including Buildbase, has adopted Macmillan as its national charity partner in 2011, their centenary year. The aim is to raise £200 000 for the Macmillan Support Line, a helpline that offers practical and financial support and guidance to people living with cancer.

The cycle adventure begins on 6 July, taking just four days to complete nearly 500km. Taking part in the challenge from Buildbase will be: David Grimsdale, Tim Felton, Neil Parsons, David Robertson and Colin Peacock. Manufacturers’ representatives taking on the challenge are: Nigel Williams (Premier Forest), Jason Drinkwater (Hanson), Mark Reid (Keystone) and Krystal Webster (Aggregate Industries).

“There will be some long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill climbs,” says David Grimsdale who has masterminded the event.

“The sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will be our goal. The team is made up of cyclists of varying abilities and one of our party is a complete novice.

“We’re completing our training in any moments outside working hours, but the distance and timescale of the challenge will be a test for each one of us.”

Donations can be given on line by visiting then go to the “Just Giving” area and enter “Team Buildbase” which will direct you to the right page.

The GMGB Board has chosen Macmillan because it is a charity that is well-known and its work is universally supported. Almost everyone will have been touched by cancer at some point, whether through their families, friends or work colleagues. There are 2 million people living with cancer in the UK today and one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in our lives.

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