Cavanna colleagues jump back on the saddle to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West

Six keen cyclists from our head office in Torquay are getting back onto the cycling saddle and preparing to ride 205 miles across three counties in three days, to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), the firm’s charity of the year for 2021 following a successful year of fundraising in 2019.

The Ride for Precious Lives cycle challenge, taking place between 9th – 11th July, is celebrating its 30th anniversary by introducing a new route which passes between three CHSW hospices. For the first time, the cycle will start at Charlton Farm in Bristol, heading towards Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, and finishing at Little Harbour in St Austell.

Our team; Michael Newman (Head of Land and Design), Ben Rowntree (Land Buyer), Kurt Henson (Build Manager), David Burnham (Senior Buyer), Matthew Fidler (Technical Project Manager), and Ian Pybus (Customer Service Operative) will be cycling between 65 to 90 miles each day across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and have set an ambitious fundraising target of £6,000.

Michael Newman said: “CHSW is an amazing charity that cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families from their three hospices in North Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. After a year of fundraising in 2019, we felt we had much more support to give, so we’re proud to once again be working alongside CHSW as our charity of the year 2021.

“After completing the epic endurance challenge in 2019, our team, albeit very tired, were keen to get involved again. Due to the ride’s postponement in 2020, we are now even more geared up (no pun intended) to the challenge. Our six-strong team is hoping to raise £6,000 this year, double our previous target.”

CHSW Area Fundraiser, Mhairi Bass-Carruthers said: “It’s fantastic to see Michael and the Cavanna team jumping back on their bikes to take up the challenge for CHSW in our 30th anniversary year.

“Last year’s Ride for Precious Lives – like so many of our other fundraising events and activities – was cancelled due the pandemic, so Cavanna’s ongoing support is incredibly special. It means that we can continue to provide vital hospice care to hundreds of local children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

“This is a cycle challenge like no other and after such a challenging year for everyone, we can’t wait to get this year’s event underway.”

To support our team in hitting their fundraising target, please visit their fundraising page here:

Children’s Hospice South West – Ride for Precious Lives 2019