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Cross Channel bike ride raise vital funds for The Springboard Charity

The Team Velo Challenge rolled into Paris on Friday (20th September) having departed London the previous day, in a bid to raise funds for The Springboard Charity.

Organised by The Genuine Dining Company and Pullman Hotels in association with Springboard, the event was hailed as a great success on many levels including the team building and networking opportunities and of course both raising funds and highlighting the work of the charity and its partners.

The teams involved were:

Genuine Dining Company with 3 teams

Pullman London St Pancras Hotel

ACT Clean

Core Recruitment

Greenclose with 3 teams


The Capital Hotel


The Team Velo Challenge cyclists were asked to raise £2,000 per team of 4, with the total money raised looking to be in excess of £22,000. The funds raised will go towards supporting Springboard Into Work programmes helping over 25 people into employment within the hospitality industry.

Anne Pierce, CEO at Springboard said, “The Team Velo Challenge was an amazing event that saw teams of all abilities rise to the occasion and take part in this brilliant fundraiser. Events like this are vital to The Springboard Charity in assisting us to help young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects with life-changing opportunities and sustainable employment in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry”.

Chris Mitchell, Director, The Genuine Dining Co added: “Whilst it was a fun event, there was some friendly competition – not least from the very competitive Springboard, the team rolled over the line in Paris to be crowned the winners of this year’s challenge, at a ceremony held in the Pullman hotel Paris.

We are delighted to be part of this challenge and work with Springboard to support its work in raising the profile of the industry and getting people into employment within hospitality.”

Click here for more information about Springboard.