After three days of intense cycling over 500 mountainous miles, the two teams of three and four from Agria Pet Insurance were thrilled to finally reach the finish line.
Taking part to raise money for their chosen charities – Dogs for the Disabled and Macmillan Cancer Support – the teams travelled to Metz for the start of the event. From there, The Agria Pedal Pushers and The Agria Testcycles pedalled from France to Germany, cycling through the beautiful Alsace region and Vosges Mountains.
But while the scenery was stunning, the cycling was tough, pushing the teams to their limits as they cycled Tour de France category two climbs and alongside the Rhine, the Moselle and the Maginot Line.
“The Extra Mile was extremely demanding, but seeing the incredible difference Dogs for the Disabled and Macmillan make to people’s lives made all of the pain (and suffering as the only male in my team!) definitely worth it,” says Alastair Cook, Head of Sales and Marketing, Agria Pet Insurance.
Dogs for the Disabled trains assistance dogs to help children and adults with physical disabilities, and families with a child with autism. By helping with practical tasks, dogs give individuals and families freedom, independence, and a reason to go out and develop confidence to make life-changing opportunities for friendships, hobbies, education and even careers possible.
“Thanks to all the team at Agria Insurance who have worked phenomenally hard to train and fundraise for their cycling event, we’re extremely grateful to them all. Dogs for the Disabled receives no government funding and relies on the support and generosity of the public and companies like Agria to help the charity train more dogs to support the lives of people living with disability,” says Steve Billington, Director of Fundraising at Dogs for the Disabled.
“We’re committed to furthering the health and welfare of animals and charities that work compassionately with animals to help others. Supporting the work of Dogs for the Disabled was a very obvious choice for us,” says Alastair.
The two teams also elected to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that has touched the lives of several of Agria’s team members. Macmillan is dedicated to making the lives of those affected by cancer easier – from their exceptional nursing care to their dedicated team well-known for giving outstanding medical, practical, emotional and financial support.
“Thank you to everyone from Agria Pet Insurance who took part in the Extra Mile Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things anyone can face and no one should face it alone, but we are only able to provide much-needed cancer support as a result of the generosity of people such as these intrepid cyclists and we are extremely grateful,” Claire Monks, Macmillan Cancer Support.
If you’d like to sponsor Team Agria and boost their final total, please see their fundraising page at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria_2014
Find out more about the work of Dogs for the Disabled at: www.dogsforthedisabled.org
Find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support at: www.macmillan.org.uk
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