Wellingborough workers in epic 24-hour charity challenge

P3 Group cycling challenge for the Andrew Grene Foundation
P3 Group cycling challenge for the Andrew Grene Foundation

Employees of a business that has premises in Wellingborough have taken part in a cycling challenge to raise money for charity.

The Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF) challenge was held at Nimlok House in Wellingborough when employees from the P3 Group, which includes Nimlok, UltimaDisplays, Maler Haley and Creative Bridge, took part in a 24-hour event to cycle 1,324 miles on static bikes, the same distance as Haiti’s border.

The P3 Group have supported the AGF since it started following the earthquake in Haiti five years ago, when Andrew Grene, a political affairs envoy for the UN and friend of P3 Group director Tim Perutz, lost his life.

This latest challenge was the brainchild of Jeremy Roberts, trustee of the AGF and financial director of the P3 Group. He said: “It was a fantastic event that exceeded our expectations. 

“We managed to get participation from around 50 members of staff from all six companies in our UK group. 

“Not only did it raise a significant amount for a fantastic cause, the sense of achievement and great camaraderie gave us all a brilliant boost.”

The P3 Group in Europe also took part, with more than 50 employees cycling the distance in an attempt to beat the UK team. The UK team managed to pip them at the post.

Jane Holden, head of fundraising at the AGF, said: “This event was one of the craziest yet. Everyone really got behind the idea and several people stayed for the duration, which was amazing.

“The buzz around the building was great, and support was provided by way of refreshments and encouragement from those unable to cycle. It really was an event available to all.

“We would like to thank all involved, including Wellingborough Council and Redwell Leisure Centre for allowing us to use their equipment. The money raised will go to helping our two projects in Haiti, and because of the generosity of our corporate supporter, 100 per cent of all donations go directly to those on the ground in Haiti.”

One of the participants, Allison Evans, said; “AGF is a fantastic, worthwhile charity to support because it empowers the people of Haiti to educate themselves and start businesses to support their own families and the community they live in.

“This will have a huge, positive impact on the people of Haiti’s prospects. For every educated child will go on to educate their own families, and their family businesses will benefit not only themselves but also the community.”