Le Tour De Central, a charity bike ride organised by colleagues from Fusion, and supported by its parent companies, subcontracting firms and individuals, has surpassed its fundraising target of £15,000.
Months of planning and preparation – including a series of fundraising activities to support the effort – culminated in the ride itself last Friday, in which scores of cyclists journeyed through 62 miles of varying terrain to raise funds for Bloodwise and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
Alex Towse, Pre-Contract Lead & Project Manager, representing Fusion’s senior management team, was on hand to congratulate the riders at the finish line and give out the medals, and was present at the celebratory barbecue that took place, hosted by Dalcour Maclaren.
He said afterwards: “It was a fantastic event which had a great turnout despite the rainy weather. The riders put in a lot of preparation to be able to last the course, and the unplanned road closures and resultant detours all added to the fun! The organisers, Rebecca Collins, John Allen and Joanna Walmsley, deserve a lot of credit too, also the individuals and organisation who sponsored and donated. On behalf of Fusion, I would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who played a part in making Le Tour De Central a success.”
“The Fusion family welcomed and looked after us all so well,” added George Gray-Cheape, one of the event organisers, who also works with Dalcour Maclaren, land access specialists, that works with Fusion on the HS2 enabling works project. “Thirty Dalcour Maclaren cyclists took part. The organisation and atmosphere across the whole event was superb and the support crews were brilliant for encouragement along the way. We were pleased to play our part in hosting the finish line barbecue party in celebration of everyone completing the challenge safely and raising so much for two very worthy causes. Thank you Fusion.”
Fusion’s Rebecca Collins, added: “Despite the rain, the event was a huge success – everyone finished! It was great to see everyone pull together, felt like a whole team effort and we raised funds for two worthy charities.
“Communication between the support team and the Lynch crew worked well. There were problems like diversions and punctures that could have had a significant impact had we not had the help from Lynch or the checkpoint support. The team work and communication between the organising team, Dalcour Maclaren’s support, time and effort during the preparation at the finish line, made it feel like an event, nice touch with medals and balloon arch!”
“It is great to see the construction sector collaborating like this,” said Declan Davis, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, at Fusion. “We champion health, safety and wellbeing so the selection of these two charities to fundraise for as part of a joint venture are an excellent reflection of our core values. Congratulations to all involved on this excellent achievement.”
Once all of the donations have been received, they will be equally divided between Bloodwise, which fights blood cancer and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, that provides financial and emotional support to construction workers and their families.