FOUR staff from Holiday Resort Unity have set off on a four day cycling challenge to raise money for charity.

Sarah House, one of the park directors at the resort, and her colleagues Kieran, Ali and Dave set off with more than 50 cyclists from Bristol on Wednesday (September 11) and will be cycling 480km in four days so they will arrive at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on September 15.

The group has already beaten their £6,000 fundraising target and raised more than £8,000 for Above and Beyond, a charity which helps sick children.

Speaking ahead of the challenge, Sarah, said: “Each year within the business we raise lots of money for a range of local charity’s through different fundraising events.

“As well as continuing to do this we wanted a physical challenge of our own and to do this for charity and to help make a difference will make the training and experience so much more worth it.

“Fitting in training is one of the hardest things but being disciplined to get out on the bike helps to make sure the training miles get done.

“It’s also great to be out in the Somerset fresh air and sights albeit Somerset is fairly flat, Cheddar Gorge provides good uphill training.

“Somerset does have some great cycle routes including the Brean to Weston cycle path that opened in 2018 a route that is suitable for the whole family. “

As well as taking on the challenge the team has been busy hosting fundraisers over the last few months to raise funds including a silly hat day, a charity fundraising day at Brean Play, a children’s sale and teddy tombola and various raffles and collections.

Sales of 5p bags from Costcutter supermarket in the resort will also be donated to the charity.

Sarah said she feels ‘proud’ to be raising funds for the charity as they can make ‘a real difference’ to patients.

She added: “With your support Above & Beyond funds projects that make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff that treat them in Bristol city centre hospitals.

“The surroundings where patients are treated has a significant impact on how they feel and their recovery. It is not just about comfort and distraction, it is about a positive, calm and welcoming space that gives confidence in the care they receive.”

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