Manchester Investec staff swap their bikes for a bus

27th Feb 2014
Manchester Investec staff swap their bikes for a bus

They cycled 340 miles in 4.5 days battling temperatures over 30 degrees last July and now cyclists from Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) who took part in the Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge got to see the fruits of their labours when they presented a Lord’s Taverners minibus to Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society recently.

The minibus came about as a result of the fundraising efforts of the Manchester and Liverpool offices of Investec Wealth & Investment, who donated part of their funds raised from the cycle challenge to the Lord’s Taverners charity, which aims to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other forms of sport and recreation. The Lord’s Taverners selected Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, which supports over 700 children and adults with a range of physical and/or learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions, to benefit from the brand new minibus.

The Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge took place last July and involved over 70 staff from Investec Wealth & Investment from nine different offices around the country, plus representatives of the English Cricket Board (ECB) and their guests, who cycled between the five Ashes Test Cricket grounds. A number of celebrity sportspeople also took part in the challenge, including Ashes-winning former England captain and Lord’s Taverners trustee, Mike Gatting, and TV celebrity diving judge and former Olympic Silver medallist, Leon Taylor. The challenge raised over £250,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and a number of local charities.

Richard Greenhalgh, Investment Director at the Manchester office of Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “It was a tough, but exhilarating challenge and it is great to look back with fond memories, but also to see the results of our efforts in raising enough to buy this fantastic minibus. It is great to put something back into the community and we hope this Lord’s Taverners minibus makes a huge difference to the lives of people at Stockport Celebral Palsy Society. We were also delighted that we were able to help other good causes locally, including the North West Cancer Research (NWCR) and The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.”

David Owen, Senior Investment Director at Liverpool office of Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “It was an honour to meet some of the people who will benefit from this minibus and this is thanks to the effort of our staff in our Manchester and Liverpool offices and the generosity of their supporters. We are delighted to be able to support the Lord’s Taverners and Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society and would like to thank everyone who sponsored our team.”

Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society is a registered charity and was established in 1953 by carers of children with cerebral palsy and associated disabilities. The organisation supports over 700 children and adults in Stockport, Manchester, Trafford, Tameside, Derbyshire and Cheshire, with a range of physical and/or learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. The minibus will be used for transport to leisure activities including short breaks, as well as day to day duties.

Other charities that were supported by the Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge included the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Cancer Research, The Willow Trust, BASICS, Rainbow Hospice, Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), Eden Valley Hospice (Carlisle), The One Foundation, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Pink Ribbon Foundation, Little Acorns, Royal British Legion, Meldreth Manor School, British Heart Foundation, Guildford Eye Hospital, Jesuit Missions, DRASACS, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Sheffield United Community Fund, Parkinsons UK, Great Ormond Street and the Danny Porter Charity.

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability. This minibus will help the young people of Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society to get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are hugely grateful to the Investec Wealth & Investment staff who achieved such a fantastic fundraising total last summer to make a difference to the lives of young people with disabilities.”

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