Gearing up for the Great Wall of China

By Sam Tesch -

Ted asks: who's packing my bag?

An excited and somewhat apprehensive team of advisers, staff, friends and providers will set off for Beijing, China, on Friday (30 October) for the 15th Openwork Foundation Cycle Challenge.

The team

Ria Bedford, Ashley Brown, Andy Carlisle (MetLife), Toby Cobb, Brian Downton, Mark Duckworth, Chris Hallatt, Tom Jackson, Stephen HenryLesley McMillan, Colin Mellor, Donna Melrose, Karen Peedle, Tim Peedle, Ramon Puig, Mo Rasool, David Ridley, Richard Sheppard (MetLife), Sam Sinclair, Martin Taphouse (Zurich), Penny Wemyss - and me!

Thank you IFDL!

We are delighted that Investment Funds Direct Limited (IFDL), which powers one of Openwork’s investment platforms, has donated £5,000 towards The Openwork Foundation grant programme in support of this challenging event.

The challenge ahead

We’ll cycle 400km in six days and the route will be one of the most challenging, as we climb over 14,200ft across the mountains north of Beijing.

This event will have more hills than previous events, beating Peru last year, and we’ll be cycling in a range of weather conditions so the team is sure to feel very tired at the end of each day.

Each year, the team is keen to take on a tougher Challenge, and this year is no different. Our ten new cyclists will be in safe hands as the rest of the team has, between them, cycled over 27,000km in previous Challenges (that’s over three times the distance between London and Beijing, China!) – all to raise funds for The Openwork Foundation.

We’re ‘Doing it for the Kids’!

When it gets tough, there will be one thing that keeps us going and that’s knowing we’re raising money for The Openwork Foundation and helping thousands of disadvantaged children.

With your support we can continue to bring hope and belief to these children.

You can keep up with our progress here on our blog, and Twitter.

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