FITNESS fanatics from npower got on their bikes for their own Tour de France and raised £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
A group of 12 Solihull employees were part of the 40-strong team which cycled 184miles from London to Paris.
Speaking before they set off, Antony Ion, senior product manager at npower, said: “Having lost family members to cancer, signing up for the challenge was a no-brainer for me.
“Also it felt like a personal challenge as I had only really taken up cycling again just over a year ago.’’
The three-day ride took the cyclists through the ‘Garden of England’ to Newhaven where they caught a ferry to France, then through the French countryside and villages before they made their way into Paris where they saw the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.
After completing the challenge, Antony added: “The group of people and organisers of the event were all amazing and I felt a real sense of camaraderie right from the off.
“I have a feeling of immense pride having completed the challenge and raising over £1,000 for such a wonderful cause.”
Catrin Hale, senior partnership development manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “As the number of people living with cancer in the UK continues to rise, the efforts of our supporters at npower will help us be there for even more people who need us.
“The money raised will be used to provide Macmillan with fuel grants to help people living with cancer who are struggling with their energy bills.”