Interserve funding local children’s charity through London to Paris Bike Ride

A team of employees from the North East Region of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, took part in the London to Paris Bike Ride, a trip of 265 miles over three days, to raise £10,000 for the Children’s Foundation and has succeeded in beating that target.

Rob Soulsby, Interserve, said  “When the London to Paris cycle team decided to support The Children’s Foundation, we had no idea that we would be able to meet some of the children and young people, who are supported by one of the charity’s projects. We reached our fundraising target before we left for Paris and have raised nearly £12,000 to date. We never imagined we would be able to raise so much.”

Claire Byron, Interserve said “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and I am proud of myself for achieving it. The feeling of relief as I crossed the finish line was immense and the knowledge that as a team, we had all completed the challenge and exceeded our target figure fills me with pride”

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Foundation commented “Support from local businesses such as Interserve, allows us the opportunity to make a difference to children and young people across the region.  Funding The Children’s Foundation’s projects like the Regional Small Grants Panel, we are able to reach over 29,500 children in the North East – helping the children that other charities don’t always reach.”

Zoe Rix, Group Leader at The LINK CIC, added “The grant awarded to us by The Children’s Foundation has helped us to develop and run a performing arts group for pre-school children, using drama and play as a means of engaging and developing their social and emotional skills.”

Zoe added, “We work with children and young people who have emotional well-being and emerging mental health problems across the borough of Redcar and Cleveland. We do this through structured one to one work that includes Arts Therapies such as Circus Skills and also through group activities for children, parents and carers, where the emphasis is on support, training, awareness and fun.”