Norfolk Community Foundation staff, Olive Thompson and Anna Douglas are taking to their bikes between 23-26 July to fundraise for the Foundation’s Love Norfolk Fund, from which grants are delivered to support the work of the smaller charities and community groups across Norfolk.
The two, for both of whom 2014 is a significant year, have signed up for the Global Adventure Challenges London to Paris bike ride and will take on a four day route through the rolling countryside of southern England and northern France before arriving at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, for one of the most exciting sporting weekends in the calendar – the spectacular finale of the 2014 Tour de France.
Development and marketing manager, Anna signed up after getting a bike for her 40th birthday and after a friend suggested she took part. “Fundraising initiatives are relatively new for the Foundation so it seemed the ideal opportunity to rise to the challenge whilst at the same time celebrating my wedding anniversary in Paris with my husband (and 170 other cyclists) the day after we arrive!”
Finance manager, Olive said “I love the idea of giving something to the charity that has given me such a great job. I decided to challenge myself to sign up for the London to Paris ride after Anna mentioned that she and her husband were taking part. I love cycling but even though I used to cycle to work when living in Cambridge, I had never cycled more than 15 miles in a day. However, the thought of a cycle challenge lit my fire and to take part in 2014 when I celebrate a ‘big’ birthday provided a great incentive.”
Between them, they hope to raise over £3,500!
CEO, Graham Tuttle said “The Foundation will be supporting Olive and Anna wholeheartedly in their fundraising efforts and be tracking their progress from the comfort and safety of the office as they take part in this big event. We really would appreciate your support – many of the charities we deliver grants to are run almost entirely by volunteers. For this type of organisation, small sums of money can go a long way.”