Hughes colleagues give major boost to Norfolk charity with fundraising bike ride

A team of sales people at Hughes Electrical have raised nearly £16,000 for charity with a five-day bike ride!

Nigel Jeavons, a serial fundraiser and senior sales person with Hughes Electrical in Hunstanton, managed to persuade six of his colleagues to take to the saddle for charity.

The Benjamin Foundation, which is a charity that supports children and young people in Norfolk and Suffolk, was recently presented with a cheque thanks to the endeavours of the magnificent seven who rode 450 miles in just five days to raise the money, climbing a total of 25,770 feet!

The challenge was to visit Hughes’ most northerly, westerly, southerly and easterly branches in five days, with a target of raising £5,000.

It started in Preston before heading to Rayleigh in Essex, then finishing in Lowestoft in Suffolk.

Said Mr Jeavons: “Tackling the 450 miles was not without its challenges, particularly when we rode across the Peak District with some pretty intimidating hills, but we knew it was all for a good cause so we just had to keep going.

“Of course, we are thrilled at smashing our original fundraising target and knowing the money will be put to very good use.”

Kirsty Pitcher, Chief Operating Officer at The Benjamin Foundation, said the Hughes team’s efforts would help to provide more emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people across all the Foundation’s services, including in its supported accommodation settings.

“It can also help to provide more training for staff in mental health and support the growth of wellbeing champions across our services, provide much-needed resources and help to reduce social isolation too,” she added.

“Fundraising by individuals and businesses is so important and we are extremely grateful to Hughes Electrical staff for their fantastic effort, which will do much to support children and young people in Norfolk and Suffolk.”

The Benjamin Foundation was founded in 1994 and helps over 2,000 young people annually who are experiencing challenges in their lives, including young carers and those who may be at risk of homelessness.