The Bentley Boys and Girl have done it! They completed the Race the Sun challenge in 12 hours and 42 minutes!
Starting at 6.09am the team started the first leg of their journey with a gruelling 22 mile bike ride on the hilly roads of Cumbria, which included an extreme off –road section for 5 miles! Having finished this they moved onto climbing the towering Helvellyn Mountain and after 5 hours they were back down and ready to cycle to Lake Thirlmere and the final 26 miles to the finish line. With over 85 team competing in the challenge, the race was on to reach the finish line before sunset and thankfully the team did this with plenty of time to spare!
The team included Dealer Principal Sean Cook, Workshop Control Paul Malinowski, Service Advisor Ian Sprules and Marketing Manager Nitisha Joshi, who took who on this tough challenge to raise money for Action Medical Research. The charity is dedicated to improving the health of babies and children. Despite enormous progress in medicine, there are still hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need our help. Children like Katie, born two months early who needed resuscitating at birth, Cieran who was left with deafness, epilepsy and cerebral palsy because of meningitis and Jack, who as a baby, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Paul’s niece Lois was born on 16th Dec 2013, 13 weeks premature, weighing a tiny 2.2lbs. She was finally allowed home from hospital on her due date. Thanks to the research undertaken by charities like Action Medical Research, Lois is now doing fine weighing a healthy 8.4lbs. She still has to be monitored on a regular basis due to a small hole in the heart, but thankfully doctors do not have any major concerns Action Medical Research is offering hope to the many thousands of families who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure. Right now the best medical minds in children’s hospitals and universities across the UK are waiting for the green light to start research that could lead to life-changing treatments for babies and children. They just need the funding.
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