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A six-week cycle ride scaling Great Britain is expecting to raise thousands of pounds for children with terminal cancer.
The fundraiser being organised by Blue Arrow is the first major event the firm has undertaken since adopting The Joshua Foundation as its official charity.
The Joshua Foundation is a national charity which provides life experiences for children with terminal cancer. It is named after Joshua Cornelius from Caerphilly in South Wales who died from a rare form of cancer at the age of seven in 1999.
His mum, Sarah Cornelius Price, has since raised more than 6m through the foundation, which she named after her only son.
Blue Arrows adoption of The Joshua Foundation took place in January 2010 and already a number of mini projects have got the fundraising off to a great start but expectations for the cycle are riding high.
It will begin at Blue Arrow Inverness on Thursday 13 May and will finish at Blue Arrow Plymouth on Tuesday 29 June. The Companys Mobile Recruitment Centre will be at hand throughout the event, offering support to the cyclists where necessary.  In addition, support has also been given by a client in the form of discount off their outdoor clothing.
In total, more than 47 legs of the ride will take place between Blue Arrow branches from the north to the south of the country. Each leg will involve a different team of riders and more than 1,800 miles will be covered with at least 70 cyclists expected to take part.
Andrew Pettingill, Managing Director of Blue Arrow, said: The vast majority of cyclists will be employees of Blue Arrow, with some of them being avid cyclists while others will probably be getting on a bike for the first time in years. I take my hat off to each and every one of them as this is a real marathon. Most importantly, I really want to see the ride generate a significant amount of money for children with cancer.
The toughest leg of the route will be the very first with the riders from Blue Arrow Inverness having to pedal a lengthy 166 miles to Blue Arrow Glasgow where they will hand over to the next team of riders.
The shortest leg will see cyclists travel just one mile from Recruit Peterborough to Blue Arrow Peterborough.
Andrew added: With branches across the country and more than 250 employees, we are confident that if any firm can carry this off, it will be us. Were not underestimating the task in hand. Its going to be a challenge but when we hand over a nice big cheque to The Joshua Foundation, it will have all been worthwhile.


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