Finning team set to hit the road for charity cycle challenge

Reuben Bentham, who is part of the Finning team

A team from Finning is preparing to tackle the Ziggurat charity cycle challenge this week.

Finning colleagues, customers and a representative from Cat Finance will join this year’s team for the 300-plus mile bike ride from London to Reims between September 14 and 18.

The Finning team is led by Kelly Cole, general manager of the company’s energy and transportation division. She will be joined by her colleagues Reuben Bentham, Andy Leather, Niall Morris and Richard Pollard. Finning customers Brad Perret from Buckland Newton Hire and Ben Dormer from John Wainwright & Co will also join the line-up, alongside Simon Kinsman from Cat Finance.

The tour will see over 90 cyclists team take to the streets of London and travel down through Portsmouth before crossing into France to navigate the Champagne region before finishing in Reims four days later.

This is the second year Finning has sponsored the Ziggurat bike ride, which is now in its fifth year. The annual event gives people within the construction and built environment sector the chance to network and raise funds for Action Medical Research.

Kelly Cole said, “The Ziggurat ride has become an important event in our annual calendar so we’re pleased to be supporting the charity event again, and to raise the life-changing funds so Action Medical Research can continue the excellent work they do. Our team is comprised of members of the Finning family who’ll be riding alongside some of our customers, and it’s great to also see that Cat Finance is also joining the pack this year, to support such a worthwhile cause.

“Our aim this year is to beat the team’s performance last year with the fundraising total as well as the time it takes us to complete the course – hopefully my training will pay off! We’re also looking forward to spending a few days alongside colleagues from the industry.”

Action Medical Research is a children’s charity which funds research aimed at tackling devastating diseases. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since 1952, including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy, and testing the rubella vaccine. The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, and brain cancer.

You can donate here: Finning UK and Ireland fundraising for Action Medical Research on JustGiving