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Congratulations to Mark Babington

icomply customer, Mark Babington of Centro, helps to raise over £18,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care in 427 mile bike ride, enough to run his local hospice for 2.5 days. Can we help him nudge that up to 3 days?

Back in February we posted a request, asking you to dig deep and get giving to one of our customer’s charitable endeavours to raise much-needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Today, we bring news of his success and a reminder that it is not too late to get giving on Mark’s team’s Just Giving page.

When we last spoke to Mark, Safer Travel Manager for Centro, the organisation responsible for public transport in the West Midlands), he advised that his team’s target was to raise £7,341 – the cost of running their local hospice for a day. Mark had not ridden a bike for 20 years and had trained hard to ride the 427 miles of Irish coastline from Malin to Mizen.

So, did he do it?

Yes. And his team, so far, has raised £18,376.75. Enough to run their local hospice for two and a half days!

How was it?

“Completing the Malin to Mizen challenge was probably tougher than I thought it would be, road surfaces were rough and we had the joys, most days, of typical Irish summer weather (rain and wind),” advised Mark.

“There were a few ups and downs, and that’s not just the hills! Ireland is certainly a beautiful country and the scenery was incredible, but one of the guys ended up in A&E with what can best be described as a repetitive impact injury! And I had to complete the final 15 miles and 1000ft of climb on a child’s mountain bike after snapping the chain on my own bike.”

Would he do something like this again?

“Yes, even with the agony and months of training, because at the end of all of this, the most important thing is that we have raised and continue to raise money for an incredible charity that provide support for people at the toughest time in their lives,” he concludes.

We think his accomplishment is astounding and deserves congratulating. And wouldn’t it be nice if we could nudge up that incredible total so that the gentlemen in question know that they have raised enough to keep their local hospice open for the whole of that third day?

Can we do it – can we nudge up that total to £22,023?

Come on, visit the team’s Just Giving page get giving …

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