Fundraising ride to Eiffel Tower bags £7k for charity

Fundraising ride to Eiffel Tower bags £7k for charity

Essex man and Banks Court resident Steve Bastick joined a group of 20 cyclists to ride from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in 24 hours to raise more than £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Steve and the team completed the Tower 2 Tower Challenge, starting off from the Tower of London at 3am on Wednesday June 17 and arriving at the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, around the same time on Thursday June 18 – with just a short break for the ferry journey across the Channel.

Steve and his friends came up with the idea of the Tower 2 Tower bike ride after the tragic death of Brian Florey, from Canning Town, who died in a cycling accident training for the official Macmillan London to Paris bike ride in November 2012. The 35-year-old who worked for an engineering company maintaining London fire engines, had beaten cancer and wanted to raise funds for the organisation.

Steve, a 59-year-old, who lives at Banks Court, one of our retirement schemes in Great Dunmow, took up cycling to help rebuild his injured knee after a skiing accident three years ago.

He said: “We were so glad to complete the challenge in memory of Brian.

“Some of the guys who took part were not regular cyclists and one had only ever ridden 21 miles before – so it gives you an idea of the levels of commitment that we all completed it.

“Brian’s death was a tragedy. He had beaten cancer and wanted to raise funds for Macmillan because he had first hand experience of the great work the organisation does.

“I am delighted to have been part of the Tower 2 Tower memory and it is a fitting tribute to Brian.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is our official charity partner and staff and residents from the organisation have raised more than £60,000 for the organisation since October 2013.

Adam Woollard, court manager at Banks Court, said: “The commitment Steve and his friends have shown to raise funds for what is an incredibly worthy cause has been fantastic and he is an inspiration to other residents at Banks Court.

“The total they have raised for Macmillan is a great tribute to Brian.”

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