Well done to the Agria eight, two teams of cyclists from Agria Pet Insurance who recently completed the exhausting 516-mile Extra Mile Challenge in France.
The teams did brilliantly and are delighted to have exceeded their £2,500 sponsorship target for this year’s chosen charities, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Medical Detection Dogs, with a proportion also donated to the Extra Mile Challenge nominated charities. They’re now so close to raising an incredible £3,000 they’re keeping their fundraising page open with the hope of achieving just that bit more for these very worthy causes.
It’s the third year that Agria has taken part in the Extra Mile Challenge, a tough, three-day route that this year saw 38 teams pedal their way from Le Mans, through the Alpes Mancelles, across the Loire Valley and finally on to the Monts Blond and Monts d’Ambazac. Total elevations over the course reached almost 30,000 ft.
The boys’ team, ‘Agria Försäkens’ was led by Agria’s Managing Director, Simon Wheeler, while the girls’ team, ‘Agria Quadesses’ – the only all-female team taking part in the entire event – was led by five-time Extra Mile Challenge veteran, Partnerships Manager, Lorraine Tannatt Nash.
“As we suspected, it was a very tough route but beautiful too, with some stunning scenery and a fabulous team spirit to take our minds off the pain we were experiencing! The very best thing was cycling in aid of two such incredible charities, and we’re so grateful to all our generous sponsors for helping us reach our fundraising target of £2,500,” says Lorraine.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home takes in hundreds of stray and unwanted pets each year, looking after them in modern, purpose-built accommodation and giving them enormous amounts of love, care and attention until a new home can be found for them.
The charity Medical Detection Dogs trains bio detection dogs to use their sense of smell to detect cancer in urine and breath samples, and assistance dogs to alert individuals with severe medical conditions to an oncoming life-threatening event.
Huge congratulations to Team Agria on completing such a tough challenge. If you’d like to donate and help them reach that £3,000 milestone, please visit their donation page at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria-2015