David Wynne from Gateway HR and Training Ltd, whose company is supporting the Foundation as their charity of the year, is aiming to raise £5,000 by cycling 984 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in June.
The route will see David pass through Clevedon, Chester, Penrith, Pitlochry and Aviemore, reaching ascents of 1700 metres. A keen cycler, since he received his first bike at age five, David enjoys being outdoors but wouldn’t describe himself a time trailer, road racer or mountain biker. In order to raise as much money as possible for the Foundation, David is cycling with all his camping gear and camping every night (except one) rather than the luxury of a hotel.
“The idea originally surfaced in December 2021 at the Gateway HR and Training conference” David explained. “It started a conversation of what would you regret if you didn’t do it and mine was Lands End to John to Groats”
To date, David has completed 36 training rides clocking up 1175 miles (1891km) and climbing 63526' (19363m) since the 9th January. Last week (20th May) he did 216 miles in 3 days and tested out the tiny one man tent.
Gateway HR, offer HR services, bespoke solutions, coaching and training that are tailored to your business with an ambition to have a highly engaged, motivated team that work together to maximise the potential of their company – and yours.
Emma Wynne, CEO and Founder said “Northampton Saints Foundation were chosen by the whole Gateway HR team to be our charity of the year for 2023. The Foundation does such great work to develop and support young people, something that we are very passionate about too. During the year we aim to support the development of the team and also raise as much money as we can through fundraising through our lunch and learns, annual conference and of course David cycling event”
Another event taking place this Friday to raise funds for the Foundation is an empowering evening at Corby Cube with award winning Olympic Performance Coach and Business Leader, Graham Ravenscroft.
The money raised by David’s challenge and Gateway over the year will help the Foundation to achieve it’s ambition of using the power of sport and the values of rugby to inspire the current generation to learn, develop new skills, increase confidence and where appropriate return to education, training or employment.
Clare Clarke, Partnership and Heritage Lead at Northampton Saints Foundation is grateful for the companies support adding “Gateway HR have a number of exciting events planned throughout the year and we look forward to following Graham’s updates as he gets nearer to the big day.”