Mike Carpenter and Stephen Rees from Manchester-based independent financial advisors Carpenter, Rees Jackson, together with six friends, have completed a 480 mile cycle ride from Blackpool to Paris, raising over £20,000, in aid of Congleton, Cheshire charity schools for Gambia.
The two towers tour , which started from Blackpool Tower, concluded with a photograph under the Eiffel Tower followed by a celebratory
champagne dinner. The ride lasted six days in June, with the cyclists averaging 80 miles per day. Schools for Gambia founder, Mae Winterton,
received a cheque for over £20,000 from the eight cyclists at a ceremony at the Swettenham Arms, Swettenham, Cheshire, on Saturday, September 25 at 6.00 p.m.
Sore but satisfied cyclist Stephen Rees, says: “We were determined to help Schools for Gambia because not only is it a worthwhile cause but
also because none of the funds raised goes in administration costs. We all often think of doing something to help others but Mae actually did,
and we are delighted to support her.
“The highlight of the ride was the finish and the knowledge that we had achieved more than twice our original target of £10,000. But the real
satisfaction comes in knowing how important this money is to Schools for Gambia and the significant difference it can make to the life-chances of the children.”