Team members at CRASH Services recently undertook a grueling cycle challenge, from their depot at Stockman’s Lane, Belfast to their Derry/L’Derry office on the Culmore Road, over 130km, to raise funds and awareness for their charity of the year, Cancer Fund for Children.
Cancer Fund for Children support children and young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with the disease. They offer support in the home, community, on the hospital ward and at their residential centre, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, with the aim that no family face cancer alone.
The cycle took place on Sunday June 27th with the group of 10 cyclists led by CRASH Services’ Fleet Director Paul Cooney and In-House Engineer Gerry Quinn.
Speaking about the challenge, Paul said, “CRASH Services have a long history of supporting local charities in our communities and we are delighted to be raising funds for Cancer Fund for Children this year. I decided to set this challenge as a goal to work towards, in terms of both fitness and fundraising! Even with weeks of training, it was a tough and challenging cycle on the day, in particular with soaring temperatures while cycling over the Glenshane Pass! I am delighted that everyone finished with a smile on their faces and we were able to raise over £9,000 for such a deserving charity. A special word of thanks to all the local businesses who sponsored our cycle shirts and to our colleagues, friends and families for the support on the day and the overwhelming generosity with their donations.”
Alex Murdock, Corporate Fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children said, “It was an absolute pleasure to join Paul, Gerry and all the team on the day for such an incredible challenge! Our very own CEO Phil Alexander also joined for the start on the cycle, and it was wonderful to have him show his support for such a valued Charity Partner. The team have gone above and beyond with their fundraising, and I cannot say thank you enough for their energy and enthusiasm in raising funds to support local young people impacted by cancer. This donation will go a long way in supporting young people and their families during their cancer journey in their home, on the hospital ward, and at Daisy Lodge, our therapeutic short break centre at the foothill of the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle, Co. Down. We just simply could not be here for these families without amazing people and local businesses by our side, so on behalf of the charity and all the families we support, thank you CRASH Services for helping us to continue to ensure no child has to face cancer alone!”
In the last 25 years, CRASH Services has helped over 100,000 NI motorists after an accident, taking away the hassle and helping to get them back on the road. A 2020 independent audit described the company as ‘best in class’ noting that they ensure damaged cars are repaired and returned 43% faster than similar businesses. They opened a regional office on the Culmore Road in Derry/L’Derry two years ago.
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