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BCA’s 2019 Cycle Challenge raises over £140,000 for Action for A-T

BCA’s 2019 Cycle Challenge – a charity bike ride from BCA Paddock Wood to Bruges in Belgium – has raised over £140,000 in aid of ‘Action for A-T’.   A-T or Ataxia Telangiectasia is a rare, genetic degenerative childhood disease and Action for A-T is the leading charitable funder of A-T medical research in the UK.

With all the donations and pledges now collected, BCA and Action for A-T have confirmed that the 2019 BCA Cycle Challenge raised a grand total of £141,692.   The money will help fund Action for
A-T’s ongoing support of research into Ataxia Telangiectasia.

The team of 70 cyclists and support crew from BCA and the wider motor industry tackled the 240-mile route from BCA Paddock Wood in Kent to the famous Belfrey Tower in Bruges’ main square over three days from 12th to 14th September.   It is the third year running BCA has staged its Cycle Challenge event, raising over £330,000 in total for Action for A-T to date. 

BCA Chief Commercial Officer Craig Purvey was delighted to formally hand over a cheque to Sean Kelly, Chief Executive, Action for A-T at BCA Blackbushe late last month. 

BCA’s Craig Purvey commented, “Everyone who participated would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters who helped to make the 2019 BCA Cycle Challenge possible.  Thanks to the many donations and sponsorships received we are delighted to announce that we have raised over £140,000 this year.   We know this money will be put to very good use helping to identify a cure for this debilitating childhood disease.”


Motor industry sponsors included ACE, Ancaster, Arnold Clark, Aston Lark Limited, Cambria Autos, Eden, FG Barnes, Jardine, JCT600, Lex Autolease, Lookers, NetSol, Motorline, Renault Retail, Steven Eagell, Sytner, TC Harrison, Trade Centre Group and Trust Ford.  Thrifty provided support vehicles for the BCA Challenge for the third year running.

Sean Kelly, Chief Executive, Action for A-T commented “We were delighted that BCA chose to support Action for A-T and the families who look to us for hope for the third year running.  I would like to thank everyone at BCA, their customers and the sponsors who collectively worked so hard to make this event a reality and for raising such a substantial sum of money.”

The charity has invested more than £2,200,000 in a variety of A-T related research projects around the world since they were established in 2012.  A-T affects multiple systems of the human body, and health progressively deteriorates causing an overall loss of coordination and muscle control.  Children are usually confined to a wheelchair by around the age of 10 and will need assistance with everyday tasks. Many will not live beyond their teens due to a higher than normal susceptibility to cancer and lung disease.
 
To donate visit:  https://actionforat.org/support-us/