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Serco employees go extra mile for heart charity

Published: 12 Jul 2016

Three Serco employees have raised over £1,700 for the British Heart Foundation by cycling over 300 miles from Marble Arch in London to The Arc De Triumph in Paris in just three days. 

Geoff Green and Jason Fretwell, who both work in Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance, alongside Antony (Tony) Draper, deputy contract manager for Serco Environmental Services in Milton Keynes, set off at 5.30am on Friday 24 June from Marble Arch, where Serco’s Group Chief Financial Officer, Angus Cockburn also made an appearance to see them off.

The team started with a steady ride out of London, followed by a slog across the Kent Downs to Dover, before travelling overnight on a ferry to Calais, France.  On Saturday, they cycled for more than 11 hours over some challenging hills to Amiens, before continuing their journey on Sunday to the finish line at the Arc De Triomphe, Paris. 

Geoff Green, from Lincolnshire, who organised the fundraiser, said: “I wanted to raise money for the British Heart Foundation because many of my family, friends and colleagues have suffered ill health and loss due to heart disease and I have my own challenge with bouts of irregular heartbeats.

“We smashed our target of raising £500 just by getting on our bikes and peddling hard, helping the charity to fund the research that is so urgently needed to fight heart disease.  It was a significant challenge but masses of fun and adventure that has been one of those life highlights to treasure for all of us.  I’d like to thank everyone for their donations and support.”

To sponsor Jason, Tony and Geoff and donate to the British Heart Foundation, visit their JustGiving page