Kent cyclists take to the road for charity
Staff from 10 McDonald’s restaurants in Kent cycled almost 70 miles last weekend to raise money for a charity that helps families from Kent.
A group of 75 staff members took to their bikes on Sunday 21 September to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Camberwell – the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for the families of children being treated at King’s College Hospital in London.
Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is one of 14 Houses in the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, the independent charity that has been supported by McDonald’s staff and customers for 25 years.
The team followed a 68 mile route that took them past each of Franchisee Paul Crocker’s 10 McDonald’s restaurants from the Isle of Sheppey through Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate before finishing their gruelling challenge in Minster.
The bike ride took place as part of a series of events organised by the restaurants which included fun days and a sponsored head shave by Gaynor Fairhurst, shift manager at Chestfield. The fundraising total for the group is approaching £12,000 for Ronald McDonald House Camberwell which in 2013 provided a place to stay for over 100 families from Kent.
Restaurant Franchisee Paul Crocker says: "I am exhausted but it was wonderful to see the support from so many of my staff at each restaurant and on the ride. They're so proud to have raised this money to support families and I would like to thank everyone involved including all the people who have sponsored us."
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Camberwell visit: http://www.rmhc.org.uk/camberwell
To make a donation to the team, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Officestaff
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, T. 020 7250 8287 M. 07944 190 674
Notes to editors
1. To speak to someone or for more pictures please contact Francesca Seabourne.
2. Photography credit: James Dean
3. Picture caption: L-R: Team members Lee Pearce, Kevin Williams and Roxanne Sims celebrate finishing their gruelling cycle ride for Ronald McDonald House Camberwell.
4. The ten restaurant locations, in order, are: Sheppey, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Sturry, Chestfield, Margate, Westwood, Ramsgate, Minster.
5. Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is one of 14 Houses in the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
6. Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and last year helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity, which this year celebrates 25 years of keeping families together, relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.