29 January 2016 By Lucy Wheeler
If you've been following Alitex for a while now, you will know that back in Summer 2014, a group of Alitex cyclists took on the challenge of cycling the Tour de Force which follows the same route as the Tour de France but starting and completing seven days before.
This summer, the bikes are back! Ten brave men are embarking on another trip in order to raise even more money for the continued efforts of the William Wates Memorial Trust. They will be cycling from St. Michel to Cherbourg but this isn't just a leisurely bike ride in summertime France; this route is gruelling and will demand a lot from them all both physically and mentally.
It will be a great personal achievement for each and every one of them. For a few (Paul G, John, Alex, Simon, and Tomasz) it will require a lot of training, discipline and learning along the way but they will have the full support of Peloton veterans Tom, Paul H, Dan and Mark. Whilst it is certainly about personal goals and achievements, this is all about raising vital money for projects to help children who, through no fault of their own, have started life down the wrong path. We, collectively have the will and means to help these people and the William Wates Memorial Trust allows us to realise this potential and help those we could so easily ignore but who need it the most.
Fundraising efforts have already begun with an 'Auction of Promises' held this week at Alitex HQ. In the space of just 30 minutes, team Alitex had raised £1500. Lots included car washes, dinner at the local village pub, a days sailing on a yacht with a skipper, a ride in a Ferrari, a celebration cake, a signed football kit and so much more. These were all kindly donated by staff.
But we have a long way to go and need to raise £10,000. A full list of our exciting fundraising events will be released soon! In the meantime, if you are able to, we would greatly appreciate a donation which can be made through www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/alitexpeloton2016