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Brad cycles to success after London-Paris bike ride raises £2,300 for Rethink Mental Illness

July, 26, 2017

Horwich Farrelly HR Advisor, Brad Carr, has raised more than £2,300 for charity by cycling from London to Paris.

The 294 km challenge saw 23-year-old Brad cycle an average of eight hours a day in order to reach the French capital on Saturday evening, some 60 hours after leaving Crystal Palace. Crossing the finish line alongside Brad were almost thirty other cyclists from other organisations, looking to raise funds for a wide range of causes.

Brad Carr arriving in Paris

Brad Carr arriving in Paris

By the time Brad had arrived in Paris, he had raised £2,317 for Horwich Farrelly’s 2017 nominated charity, Rethink Mental Illness. The charity provides support to around 60,000 people across the UK affected by mental illness by providing expert, accredited advice and information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights.

As a result of Brad’s determination, the total amount raised by the firm’s employees this year now stands at £7,903.

Corn storm

During the three day challenge Brad had to contend with Normandy’s undulating hills, heavy winds and an unexpected ‘corn storm’ caused by a farmer getting a little too close in his combine harvester.

Cycling through Normandy

Cycling through Normandy

Even after he finished the challenge to enjoy a much-deserved day off in Paris another obstacle appeared when, on his way to the Eurostar to catch the train back to London, had to traverse the Champs-Élysées which had been closed for the procession of Tour de France champion, Chris Froome.

Overwhelming support

Speaking on his return to the UK, Brad said “While the challenge was physically demanding I hope that it has helped raise awareness of the excellent work carried out by Rethink Mental Illness and the importance of taking care of your own mental health.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me; the support shown by colleagues, friends and family has been overwhelming. I’d also like to credit my fellow cyclists for building up a fantastic team spirit over the four days and, finally, acknowledge the outstanding organisation of the event.”

Rob Barrett, Managing Partner of Horwich Farrelly, added “Supporting good causes is in the firm’s DNA, however, for an individual to tackle such a physically daunting challenge deserves particular credit. Thanks to Brad’s commitment we’re now well on our way to hitting our annual fundraising target, and we look forward to the next in our series of fundraising events for this amazing charity”.


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