Selco managers complete 75-mile charity cycle

Published:  30 July, 2015

A group of managers from Selco Builders Warehouse has completed a New Forest cycling route totalling 75 miles, in the process raising more than £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Fourteen branch and senior managers from the builders merchant’s outlets took to their bikes for the ride.

The first rider over the finish line of the New Forest Conquest route recorded a time of four and a half hours and, despite some participants having limited cycling experience, the entire group finished in less than eight hours.

Ross Sandy, Charlton branch manager and leader of the challenge team, said: “The going was pretty tough at times, but everyone pulled together for the good cause.

“Some members of the team hadn’t cycled for over 25 years, yet still showed the determination to pass the finishing line and raise a fantastic amount of money for Macmillan.

“Our team spirit was definitely the drive we needed to keep everyone going until the very end. The sense of achievement when we crossed the finish line made the pain worthwhile!

“Raising over £20,000 for Macmillan is a fantastic achievement that we should be very proud of. Everyone has been extremely generous, from colleagues and family members to customers and suppliers.”

Since 2012, Selco has raised over £200,000 for Macmillan, and has this year pledged to continue its fundraising.

Selco has staged a range of fundraising initiatives in the past, such as charity golf days, sponsored runs and charity matches in conjunction with Selco-sponsored sports teams. The company has set itself a fundraising target of £300,000 by the end of 2016.

Chris Cunliffe, chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “To finish the 75-mile course is a fantastic achievement for all taking part and thanks go to each and every member of the team, especially the management for making it happen.

"It’s a tremendous effort from all involved and we appreciate all the pain of training and the challenge itself to raise these valuable funds for Macmillan.”

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