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Shrewsbury based vehicle hire specialist Jolly Good Van Hire has stepped forward to support a St. Modwen cycle team in their bid to raise £50,000 for charity.

With less than a month to go until four property professionals from St. Modwen’s Midlands and North Staffordshire regions get on their bikes to complete a 900 mile cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats, Jolly Good Van Hire has offered the team transport throughout the challenge, to support their efforts to raise £50,000 for charity.

St. Modwen regional director Mike Herbert, senior development surveyor Mike Murray and development managers Andrew Cox and Jonathan Green, will form a ‘peloton’ for the bike ride, with every team member riding the 900 mile route, which is planned to take 10 days to complete. Jolly Good Van Hire will offer support throughout the challenge, helping transport the team, their bikes and equipment along the arduous route.

Jason King, director of Jolly Good Van Hire commented: “We are delighted to be able to assist in supporting the St. Modwen team in their fundraising challenge. We have specially adapted a vehicle to ensure the safe transport of the team and all of their equipment along the route so they can focus fully on successfully completing the cycle challenge. We wish the team the best of luck for the ride.”

Andrew Cox, development surveyor for St. Modwen added: “The support we have received locally since announcing the Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge has been fantastic. We have received sponsorship support from a raft of local companies and to have Jolly Good Van Hire step forward to ensure our safe transit throughout the challenge is fantastic. We truly feel like we have the whole region spurring us on to complete the cycle challenge and raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities.”

Headquartered in Quinton, Birmingham, St. Modwen operates through a network of seven regional offices, with a portfolio of more than 160 diverse development schemes. The Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge cycle team consists of St. Modwen team members from the Midlands and North Staffordshire regions. The cyclists are set to visit both the Bristol and Warrington offices as they complete their journey; and they will also pass many of St. Modwen’s individual schemes as they follow their pre-planned route from south to north.

A major fundraising drive has now been launched to secure support for the challenge, and each rider is now following an intensive training regime to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared for the gruelling ride ahead. Throughout the course of the 900 mile bike ride each rider will burn approximately 60,000 calories and each individual will perform more than 500,000 pedal strokes as they make their way from coast to coast.

Each team member has selected a charity of personal importance to benefit from the funds raised through the cycling challenge:

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust runs a comprehensive children’s hospice service within Staffordshire and South Cheshire, providing respite and end of life care for children with life threatening conditions.

Breast Cancer Campaign’s mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.

The British Heart Foundation envisages a world where people do not die prematurely from heart disease, and looks to achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

The James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer is the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity. It seeks to help reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness, providing patient information and by supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease.

To make a donation and to follow the progress of the St. Modwen team throughout their summer of training and cycle ride preparations, please go to Follow the team on Twitter at @StModwenLEJOG.