Nothing amateur about £50,000 charity cycling effort

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A team of 23 amateur cyclists are celebrating after successfully raising over £50,000 by cycling across France.

The 550 mile route from Le Mans, France to Olney took the riders just seven days and fundraising has been continuing throughout the summer to reach the £50,000 target.

The fundraising is for four-year-old Maya Czerminska from Olney who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic condition which affects nerve cells in the spinal cord.

The money raised will be used to provide Maya with a state-of-the-art powered wheelchair and other vital equipment through the national charity, Caudwell Children.

Nigel Byrne, an IT Project Manager from Milton Keynes and leader of the B2B fundraising group, said: “It was a fantastic challenge, the team worked together perfectly and helped each other out when the going got tough. We are all absolutely delighted to have reached the £50,000 target, it makes all of the hard work worth it to know that Maya is going to be more comfortable and have greater independence because of the equipment this money will buy.”

Upon returning from their marathon ride the weary group arrived in Olney during the annual ‘Cherry Fair’ where they received a hero’s welcome.

Nigel added: “Everything came to a standstill as they welcomed us back, it was really quite emotional. I’d like to thank Stephen Clark, the Mayor of Olney and Rev Claire Wood for the warm reception we received.”

B2B are a group of amateur cyclists from across the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire region who take on a challenge every two years to raise money for local causes. Since 2008 the group have raised over £92,000.

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “Life-changing equipment like Maya’s wheelchair comes at a high price and it is only thanks to the support of individuals and groups like B2B that we are able to continue helping families who can’t get the equipment anywhere else. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Nigel and the rest of the team for what can only be described as first class fundraising.”

For more information about Caudwell Children and the support they provide visit the website or call 0845 300 1348.

To find out more about B2B visit their website