On 14th November, 10 teams of cyclists raced it out from financial technology start-up, Podium’s offices in Nottingham to MoneySupermarket in Central London. They were ably assisted by Nottingham born Olympic medal winning cyclist Bryan Steel who offered tired team legs a ‘Bryan Steel Boost’ a 20 minute sprint pedal to up their team’s chances of crossing the finish line first. The winning team, from Podium, crossed the line in just 5 hours, 5 minutes and 9 seconds with an average speed of 25miles per hour. Wow. And what’s more, they used only two ‘Bryan’s Boosts’. Phew – that’s some tired legs!
The teams raised over £6000 for Education For The Children, the West Bridgford based charity who fund, manage and run The School of Hope in Jocotenango, near Antigua, Guatemala. The event raised vital funds which will ensure that The School of Hope can continue its life-changing work for children in the poorest areas of one of the world’s most challenged countries. Due to the current economic uncertainty, costs have increased dramatically for Education For The Children in 2019, causing huge pressure on planning for 2020. The devaluation of sterling has affected every element of the school from purchasing books, paying teachers salaries to the nutritious meals the students need each day to concentrate on their studies.
The charity is delighted to partner with three entrepreneurial Nottingham based start-ups Podium, Carbon and Factor 50 as well as loyal corporate partners Distinction, Fluent Money, HD Decisions and Mortgage Engine and were thrilled to welcome MoneySupermarket for their first event in support of the children of Guatemala.
Plus, for this event, Education For The Children partnered with two of cycling’s most innovative companies. Wattbike took over the Podium board room with 10 of its powerful training bikes where participants virtually powered down the M1 looking very slick in their matching Owayo jerseys.
Mahalia Carroll, Fundraising Manager for Education For The Children commented: ‘We were thrilled to witness so much hard pedalling graft in support our students at The School of Hope. The money raised will ensure that some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable children get access to vital education and nutrition’.