A TEAM from Garenne Group is will tackle the London to Brighton bike ride to raise money for two heart charities. The 20-strong team is aiming to raise £5,000 for the event’s main charity the British Heart Foundation with Garenne Group matching what has been raised and donating it to Guernsey Chest and Heart.
The British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride is said to be Europe’s biggest fund raising cycle ride attracting around 27,000 people.
‘The Garenne Group has done a number of endurance charity events, most recently tackling the 24 Peaks Challenge when we raised thousands of pounds for Guernsey and Jersey Cheshire Homes,’
said Garenne Group chief executive officer Andy Hall.
‘This year, we have 20 employees from across the group taking part in the 54 mile ride which will be a fantastic experience for all involved and will raise much needed funds for two very important charities. The British Heart Foundation is leading the fight against coronary heart disease which is the UK’s single biggest killer and so we know the money raised will help them with their research. As a long-standing Guernsey company, it was also important to us that we supported a local charity which is why every pound raised by the team will be matched by Garenne Group and given to the Guernsey Chest and Heart Unit.’
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Guernsey Chest and Heart Unit which provides free health screening to Bailiwick residents aged between 25 and 75. Screening includes weight and blood pressure checks, blood tests for cholesterol and sugar, an ECG and breathing tests.
‘Our aim is to reduce heart disease in the islands by giving people advice on the ways they ran reduce their risk factor for heart disease. We see on average 2,000 people a year and recently saw our 250,000 client so it does provide a valuable service to the island,’
said centre manager Carolyn Oxburgh.
‘We are a charity which relies solely on donations and so we are overwhelmed that the Garenne Group team is going to such an effort to help us. Their support will ensure that we can continue helping islanders lead healthier lives and reduce the risk of heart disease.’
The team members are Muir Ashworth, Richard Breban, Graham Brook, Matt Brooks, Laurence Butler, Lee De La Rue, Danielle Hanley, Richard Jones, Richard Kalvis, Richard Lee, Ian Le Sauvage, Charlie Lowe, Paul Mason, Kieran McSwiggan, Mark Palfrey, Gary Rouget, Paul Salazar, David Stuart, Debra Thompson, James Travers, John Waterman, Dean Winsall. As part of their training, the team from Garenne will be undergoing a screening by the Chest and Heart Unit nurses on Wednesday 30th April.
‘The health of employees should be something that companies take seriously. Garenne Group employs hundreds of people of all ages and so we hope that this will be the start of a long-standing relationship with Guernsey Chest and Heart so that more of our staff are screened and given advice on how to stay healthy,’
said Mr Hall.
The event, which is on Sunday 15th June, starts in South London and follows an undisclosed route down to Brighton. Anyone wanting to sponsor the Garenne team can donate online at www.justgiving.com/teams/garennechallenge or send a cheque made out to ‘Garenne Construction Ltd’ and posted to Garenne House, Rue de la Cache, St Sampson’s, GY2 4AF. what they needed.