From left to right: Robin Betts, Jonathan Gibbs, Leighton Sparkes
Three staff at Port Talbot-based tech company plan to cycle to London for charity
Three employees of Vizolution are cycling 220 miles from its headquarters in Port Talbot, Wales to its office in Notting Hill, London, as part of a fundraising activity to raise money for the Latch Children Cancer Charity.
The three-person team, Leighton Sparkes, Robin Betts and Jonathon Gibbs, plan to leave Vizolution offices at 8am on Sep 15 and arrive at the Vizolution offices in London by the evening of Sep 18.
“We’re trying to avoid too many hills, although that’s quite tricky in Wales!” said Mr Sparkes. “But we’ll do around 70 miles a day and will be staying with friends or doing a bit of camping along the way.”
This follows on from the £900 the company raised for Air Ambulance Wales last year through various fund-raising activities, including cake sales and fancy-dress days. This year they have chosen the Latch Children Cancer Charity, a Welsh-based charity that supports children suffering from cancer, and plan on making the charity bike ride a regular annual event from now on.
“We are very excited about raising funds for such a worthwhile cause as Latch Children Cancer Charity. They do a lot of great work, and hopefully we’ll be able to raise a lot of money for them!” said Mr Gibbs.
The trio have varying levels of biking skills but are not daunted by the adventure ahead. Despite Mr Sparkes only ever having cycled 60 miles in one day before, and requiring a few rest days after, the approximately 220-mile distance is not putting him off. Mr Gibbs has experience in extreme feats of endurance having completed half-marathons, Olympic-distance triathlons and long-distance cycling. Mr Betts is used to doing bike-based challenges but admits he hasn’t done anything serious since 2012. “I want to see if I can still hack it after about three years off my bike following the birth of my daughter!”
Bill Safran, CEO of Vizolution said: “We are very excited to be involved with Latch Children Cancer Charity and have the greatest confidence in the success of the trio. As a company, we recognise the importance of giving back to our community and encourage all members of our staff to take part in charitable events.”
If you would like to sponsor the team, please visit the cycling trio’s Just Giving Page.