A 900 mile cycle challenge from St Malo to Nice via Geneva, has raised in excess of £10,000 for two branches of national charities.
A team of four from Ernst & Young’s Jersey office took on a quartet from their Guernsey office in a test, not only of their physical endurance but also of their abilities to raise money for their chosen charities.
The two teams set off from St Malo and covered around 200 miles per day. The solo leg from Geneva to Nice involved climbing over mountain passes that regularly appear in the Tour de France including the Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier. The route took the cyclists across the highest paved road in Europe (Cime de la Bonette) before finishing in Nice in the south of France.
The money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands) Guernsey Branch.
It is the second consecutive year that Geraint Davies, Ernst & Young’s Audit Partner, has organised the challenge. Having been diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago, Mr Davies initiated it as a way of celebrating passing the initial five year milestone.
He said: ‘After last year’s challenge, when we cycled from St Malo to Monaco, I was encouraged to get more people involved, but not without making it tougher and raising a lot more funds for local charities.
‘I chose Macmillan because they deal so effectively with the non-clinical impact on people’s lives, not only the cancer sufferers themselves but also their families. We are now in an age where cancer touches most families at some point.’
The Jersey team included Partners Geraint Davies and Chris Matthews, Director Chris Barry and Senior Manager Pieter du Plessis. The Guernsey team was Transactions Manager Chris Bold, Assurance Manager Tim Nicolle, Tax Consultant Iain Pinnock and Audit Executive David Mosley.
The Guernsey team were Transactions Manager Chris Bold, Assurance Manager Tim Nicolle, Tax Consultant Iain Pinnock and Audit Executive David Mosley. Chris Bold said. ‘It was a punishing ride, but the pain and effort was worth it. Our aim was to raise a minimum of £2,000 but in the end we raised £2,800. It is now going to a much-needed Guernsey cause which recently provided invaluable support to friends of Ernst & Young’s colleagues and is therefore very close to our hearts.’
Sands Guernsey Branch is part of a nation-wide network of groups, which exist to provide support and care throughout individual and group befriending. The charity provides an invaluable service to parents who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby. The charity has recently provided invaluable support to friends of the Ernst & Young’s colleagues and is therefore very close to their hearts.
The two donation pages for Macmillan and Sands can be found at: