CHARITY Action for A-T with a BCA bike ride cheque for £93,436 representing the funds raised through donations and sponsorships of the BCA Paris Challenge which took place in September.
Forty-five riders from across the motor industry took the 250-mile cycle challenge to ride from BCA Blackbushe in Surrey to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, along with support crew and vehicles.
Craig Purvey, chief commercial officer at BCA, was delighted to formally hand over the cheque to Sean Kelly, Chief Executive, Action for A-T who accepted it on behalf of the charity. Action for A-T funds medical research to speed up the process of identifying a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare, genetic degenerative disease of childhood.
The event proved to be a record fundraiser for Action for A-T. Sponsors included Toyota, Renault, ALD, LexAutolease, Olgivie, Arnold Clark, Cambria, Vertu, Marshall Group, Motorline, Halliwell Jones, Jardine, Ancaster, JCT600, Lookers, TC Harrison, Aston Scott and Secure Valeting. Thrifty provided support vehicles for the duration of the event.
Sponsors riding on the BCA Paris Challenge included representatives from Cambria, LeasePlan, BMW and Alphabet.
Craig Purvey said: “Well done and thank you to everyone who participated – the riders and the support team, our suppliers and customers who sponsored our efforts and everyone for all their support and kind messages along the way.”
Sean Kelly, chief executive, Action for A-T, said “On behalf of Action for A-T and the families who look to us for hope, I would like to thank everyone involved in the BCA Blackbushe to Paris Cycle Challenge for helping us raise a record breaking amount for our charity.
“As a result, we will be able to fund an entire research study taking us one step closer to finding a cure or therapy for the devastating childhood condition known as A-T.”
Action for A-T has invested more than £1,700,000 in a variety of A-T related research projects around the world since it was established in 2012. A-T affects multiple systems of the human body, and health progressively deteriorates causing an overall loss of coordination and muscle control.
Children are usually confined to a wheelchair by around the age of 10, have a limited life expectancy and are highly susceptible to cancer and lung disease.
To donate visit: justgiving.com/actionforAT