We are proud to announce that our very own Keith Penning will be taking part in the London to Paris bike ride on 14th – 18th June 2017. 50 riders, all raising money as part of St Christopher’s 50th anniversary celebrations. (Make a donation)
Although Keith used to ride on a daily basis, he hasn’t done so for a long time. Much to his shame, his bike has been gathering dust and providing a home for various insects and spiders in the garage.
So as you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when out of the blue our Director Gillian Henderson nominated him.
Having taken part in the inaugural London Surrey 100 in 2013, his first reaction was “of course I will”. Then he remembered the amount of training he had undertaken for the previous shorter ride. This was three times the distance.
Not one to resist a challenge, he focused his mind on the job in hand and put a training plan in place.
With less than 5 weeks to go, Keith is putting time in the saddle, working hard to make this an enjoyable event, not a painful one.
Spread over 5 days, the challenge begins early at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham.
And they are off, a journey through 95 miles of beautiful Kent countryside.
As they arrive at the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, it’s a trip across the Channel to Calais and their first night of well-deserved rest.
75 miles cycling through stunning countryside and quaint villages of northern France. Their route takes them through the historic town of Abbeville. One fateful night during WW2, this town was all but destroyed. The beautiful gothic church was the only building left standing.
A more gentle less hilly terrain to transverse. The route follows the river Somme, most famous for its WW2 battle and the thousands who lost their lives. After 70 miles they finish in Beauvais. An ancient city with a few houses remaining close to cathedral that date from the 12th to the 16th century.
It’s the final 60 miles through the wonderful French countryside to the finish line in Paris. The cyclists rendezvous in a park north of the city and complete the last couple of miles together. The last leg of the journey takes them along some of the most famous boulevards in the capital. The end is now in sight, situated high above the Paris skyline. It’s time for the celebrations to begin.
It’s all over, time for a bit of sightseeing before catching the Eurostar back to London St Pancreas. Once reunited with their bikes they make their relevant ways home. Weary but very proud of their contribution.
Brownhills is committed to supporting our intrepid cyclist in raising the £2,017 sponsorship money.
St Christopher’s Hospice is a charity close to our hearts
Our former Managing Director; Kevin Andrews was supported towards the end of his cancer battle by the incredible team at St. Christopher’s. The palliative care given by the Hospice provided Kevin and his family with great relief in his final days. Kevin unfortunately passed away in April 2013 and since then Kevin’s family and colleagues at Brownhill have continued to support and fundraise for the Hospice, to ensure others are able to have access to the love and care that Kevin received in their own hours of need.
We are absolutely delighted that Keith has taken up the challenge. We appreciate all his hard work and want to wish him all the very best.
We have held events within the office such as a Quiz Night, Cake Sale, Raffle and contributions on Dress Down Friday. Other ideas are in the pipeline.
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please see our fundraising page
And finally a word from the man himself
“My efforts will hopefully be rewarded with an unforgettable trip
through Southern England and Northern France; taking in some
sights along the way. The end result; apart from the experience
of riding to the Eiffel Tower with a group of 50 other cyclists, all
there for the same purpose, is to raise money for the hospice to
help maintain the fantastic work they do. I am looking forward to
the challenge and hope to make the effort worthwhile with a
decent contribution to the hospice coffers”
For more information on St Christopher’s visit: www.stchristophers.org.uk
GOOD LUCK KEITH