Team members from leading bi-folding door manufacturer Solarlux will be undertaking the immense physical challenge of cycling a gruelling 550km, from Vauxhall Bridge in London to their headquarters in Melle, Germany, to raise much needed and well deserved funds for a charity close to the company’s heart.
On Friday 1st June, Vanessa Riddle, the daughter of Solarlux Sales Manager Chris Riddle, very sadly lost her valiant decade long battle with Neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of Childhood Cancer, Vanessa was just 17 years old.
Since his daughter’s diagnosis Chris has become a committed fundraiser for Solving Kids’ Cancer – a charity dedicated to supporting families affected by neuroblastoma – and to raising money to find a much needed cure.
As part of this fundraising and to raise awareness, Chris along with his colleagues will be undertaking a 550km tribute cycle ride leaving the UK on 7th September and arriving in Melle, Germany on the 10th September.
The route the team will be traveling was decided with Vanessa at its heart, the destinations will in fact spell her name. The pedaling will commence at Vauxhall Bridge on the 7th of September, before leaving UK shores for Holland and its destinations of Arnhem, Nijverdal, Emsdetten, Steinfurt and Saerbeck, before finally arriving at the company’s headquarters in Melle Germany.
This will be the third time that colleagues Matt Smith, Gary Newbold and Alfredo Di Meo have cycled the route and a second time for Chris Riddle. The cyclists are looking forward to being joined by Andre Jansen, Marc Spoolder and Arjan Oltwater who will swell the ranks once they reach Solarlux’s Holland headquarters in Nijverdal on the third day.
Commenting on the ride, Chris said: “Cancer affects all of us, no more so than when a loved one is taken, being part of this challenge is just one small step – or pedal – in the ongoing fight against this horrendous childhood disease.”
For more information and regular updates please follow the team’s progress on Facebook and Instagram.