Harlow’s HTS Group cements partnership with St Clare by taking on Snowdon cycle

Charity / Mon 17th Jul 2017 at 08:25am

HTS Group cements partnership with St Clare by taking on Snowdon cycle

HARLOW business, HTS Group, has cemented its partnership with St Clare Hospice by taking on a mammoth 240 mile cycling challenge for the Hastingwood-based charity.

Four HTS Group employees have chosen to mark the company’s Charity of Choice – which was announced at the company launch on 1st February – with a sponsored cycle ride from Harlow to Mount Snowdon in Wales, with a hike up the country’s highest peak to finish.

The participating group, ‘Raff’s Pedalers’, includes HTS Group employees Mark Rafferty, Gaynor Watson, Kim Mehew, Sue Grosvenor and Bob Walton, accompanied by Bob’s son Jack Walton from European Watercare. The half-a-dozen brave challengers will set off from HTS Group’s headquarters in Harlow at 8am on Thursday 7th September 2017, completing the entire 240 mile cycle and Snowdon ascent by the evening of Sunday 10th September.

Commenting on how the challenge took form, Mark Rafferty, HTS Carpenter, explains: “When my weight got to 19 and a half stone, I knew that it was time for me to do something about it – I needed a challenge. Gaynor, Sue, Kim and I decided that we’d do a sponsored cycle, and we just sort of threw Snowdon on top of it! Doing it all for St Clare just fell into place. My mum received care from St Clare, as well as Bob’s wife and Jack’s Mum who passed away at the Hospice. It’s our local charity.”

HTS Group have fully supported the group’s plans, providing a minibus back-up vehicle and its petrol expenses, overnight accommodation and other necessary resources for the group to complete the challenge.

It’s welcome support for workmates Gaynor, Kim and Sue, who have been raising money for St Clare Hospice for over 20 years. The trio have undertaken a range of fundraising activities for the Hospice, including participating in the London to Paris cycle challenge, amongst a variety of other sports-related challenges, as well as numerous bake-sales and boot-sales.

Sue Grosvenor, HTS Void & Planned Works Admin Support Officer, adds: “HTS has been 100% behind us, and I’m extremely pleased that St Clare is their chosen Charity of the Year for 2017-18. They’ve helped us to get what we need so that we can continue to fundraise for the Hospice, and we need it too, because this is our biggest challenge yet. People always give generously when they hear that what we’re doing is for St Clare and for that we are truly grateful but continue to need donations to hit our target!

Raff’s Pedalers are currently in training for their Harlow-Snowdon cycle challenge. You can sponsor the team by visiting their online fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Rafferty250milesandsnowdon?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Rafferty250milesandsnowdon&utm_campaign=pfp-email

For more information about the corporate partnership opportunities with St Clare Hospice please contact their Corporate Partnerships Manager, Amy Jacobs, on 01279 773758 or [email protected]


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