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Two inspirational charity cyclists are preparing to take on one of their most magnificent challenges to date – by raising money for seven different causes at the same time.
Michael Huggins and Stephen Davies, who work for Mondelēz International in Bournville, estimate they have already raised over £100,000 in the combined 10 years they have been based at the sweet-flavoured site.
And in September, the dynamic duo hope to add another £7,000 to this total when they begin their cycle ride from Land’s End in Cornwall to finish nine days later at John O’Groats in Scotland, having covered almost 1000 miles in the saddle.
They plan to raise £1,000 each for the Acorns Children’s Hospice, Three Hills Action Trust, Sandwell Advocacy, The British Paralympic Association, The SMA Trust, Woodcraft Folk and Cerebral Palsy Midland.
Michael, aged 50 from Oldbury has been working for the company for the past 29 years, and will be joined by friend and colleague Stephen, aged 55 from Bromsgrove who has been with Mondelez for 39 years.
The pair have been training for the challenge since February, covering between 100 and 150 miles a week on their bikes, and are excited to take on the ride for the third time.
Michael said: “This is going to be an incredible experience for us and each of the seven charities we have chosen are important to us, and our co-workers. We are confident we can, with the help of our many friends and the charities, raise the £1000 for each of them, and we will make sure everyone is kept updated on our journey with pictures and our blog.”
“Having done the ride a couple of times previously we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us to complete it, and will be cycling around 110 miles a day. But this is something we enjoy and know a lot of people within the West Midlands will benefit from, and that’s what keeps us going,” he said.
The pair are both community champions at, and Mondelēz have also taken part in a number of other adventurous fundraising drives, from four-hour hoola hoop challenges to belly flop splashes to raise money for various charities.
Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, said: “We are so proud of our community champions and the lengths they go to, to make a positive impact on their local communities.
“Supporting our employee’s passions is very important to us - everyone is encouraged to volunteer within work time and can apply for matched funding through The Cadbury Foundation. We are all going to be behind Michael and Steve in spirit when they set off on Saturday 9 September and will be keeping a close eye on their progress and cheering them along on their way.”
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