Eight members of The Furniture Makers’ Company have raised almost £14,000 for the charity by collectively cycling all three routes of Mont Ventoux, Provence in a single day.
The Master’s Challenge was organised by Hayden Davies, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, and took place on 13th September.
The master was joined on the fundraiser by: Ben Burbidge, Burbidge Kitchens; Kirsty Carnell, Martek; John Irwin, Tangent Furniture; Stewart Linford, Luxury in Wood; Graham Jones, Knoll; Daniel Mesecke, Martek; and Paul von der Heyde, non-executive director.
The team arrived in Marseille on 11th September and spent two days cycling through the landscapes of Lourmarin and Bonnieux in preparation for the ascents up the 6273ft Giant of Provence – a regular feature of the Tour de France.
There are three routes up the mountain, which vary in length and difficulty. In order to complete the challenge, each member had to finish at least one of the ascents, with the team collectively completing all of them.
All of the members successfully cycled one ascent, with John Irwin and Daniel Mesecke finishing two. However, Graham Jones completed all three in under 10 hours.
Hayden Davies says: “What a fantastic few days it was. Two days' cycling across Provence with the sun on our backs and then a full day all working as a team to conquer Mont Ventoux. Even ‘the Giant’, as it is known by the Tour de France, gave us benign conditions. At the end of that day, as we sat on the summit, I think we all felt on top of the world – in more ways than one. It is a memory that will stay with us all forever. I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored us so far and helped us raise such a significant sum for the charity.”
The Furniture Makers’ Company would like to thank the sponsors of the team’s jersey – Furniture News, Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability, Axminster Tools & Machinery, Blum, Burbidge Kitchens, CD UK, Cabinet Maker, KI and Viasit.
For more information on how to sponsor the team, click here.