Four employees from VINCI Construction UK cycled the iconic Mont Ventoux in southern France to raise awareness for the UK’s blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan.
The cyclists were tested to their physical and mental limits with 1600m of constant climbing over 21km as they battled gusty wind, which can reach speeds as high as 320km/h on the upper exposed slopes.
Mont Ventoux has gained fame as a feature of the Tour De France cycling race and made international headlines back in 1967 when England’s Olympic cyclist, Tom Simpson, died from exhaustion during the ascent of the mountain.
Lila Dowie, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at Anthony Nolan, said:
“The fantastic team at VINCI Construction UK are making such a difference to people with blood cancer by cycling up Mount Ventoux.
It costs £100 to recruit each person to the Anthony Nolan register, so fundraising is a vital part of our lifesaving work. The more fundraising we do, the more potential donors we can recruit onto the bone marrow register and the more lives we can save.”
Patrick Egan, Contracts Manager from VINCI Construction UK, added:
“Our reason for doing the cycle was because one of the groups wives’ was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). This obviously affects her life but she is not a complainer and lives her life to the fullest.
The unfortunate prognosis is that a high percentage of people with this syndrome go on to develop acute myeloid leukaemia and the only real cure for this condition is a bone marrow transplant.
This is why raising awareness and support for Anthony Nolan was extremely important to us, and we will continue supporting this charity for years to come.”
Anthony Nolan is a blood cancer charity and bone marrow registry. The foundation conducts world class research into stem cell matching and transplants, to help ensure people receive the best possible treatment for blood related diseases.