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Cycling Raises Cash For Cancer


Our cyclists have exceeded their fundraising target after completing a 12-day challenge cycling along the route of the Danube.

Co-ordinated by father and son team, Lindsay and Will Holdoway, and sponsored by HPH Commercial Property, the Danube 2012 challenge has so far raised over £20,000 for charity which will be split between Dorothy House Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. The sponsorship from HPH helped to cover the cost of the trip, meaning that every penny raised will go straight to the charities.

Each member of the peloton clocked up a distance of 1,322km from the source of the river in the Black Forest, Germany, to Budapest, passing through Austria and Slovakia, and inevitably including some wrong turns along the way!

Having lost both of Lindsay’s parents to cancer, the challenge held extra poignancy for Will and Lindsay.

Will said, “It feels absolutely fantastic to have completed the challenge, and more importantly to have raised over £10,000 for each charity. There were parts of the route that were hard going and there were times when it was pretty tough and then you had to prepare yourself to do it all again the next day, but I’m really pleased to be able to say we completed the challenge.”

The event was also supported by Burges Salmon, Jones Lang LaSalle, Monahans, Total Fitness, Alfa Laval and Brad Abrahams Opticians.

Lindsay added, “I would like to say thank you to the sponsors for their generosity, and to everyone who has pledged money to help us reach and exceed our £20,000 target. The support we have received has been fantastic and each day we could see we were getting nearer to our target and hearing the news that we had reached £20,000 was a massive boost for us as we started the last few miles into Budapest. It was only when we came back that we realised how many people had been following the blog.”

Phillipa Watson, Corporate and Events Fundraiser for Dorothy House said, “On behalf of everyone at Dorothy House I would like to say a huge thank you to the team for completing such an inspiring challenge.”

Sadie Moore, Bristol Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The Danube 2012 team have proved to be an inspiration.  We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and simply couldn’t continue without people going the extra mile for us. Thank you to Lindsay, Will and the team for their amazing efforts.”


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