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Gallagher branches take on charity cycle challenge in bid to raise £30,000 for Cancer Research UK

South-West branches tackle 170-mile cycle challenge in memory of colleague
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Arthur J. Gallagher has rallied a 40-strong team, from across its South-West branches, to tackle a 170-mile cycling challenge in a bid to raise £30,000  for Cancer Research UK. The two-day challenge gets underway this Friday 19 May and continues through Saturday 20 May.

Organised in memory of much loved colleague, Claire Jarman, mum of two, who sadly lost her life to cancer earlier this year, the team of cyclists have come together from across the company’s Bristol, Gloucester, Swindon and Exeter branches.

Aiming to complete both a Gloucester to Swindon leg and Swindon to Bristol leg on day one and then Bristol to Exeter on day two — notching up an anticipated 18 hours of cycling — the team will call in at each of their South-West offices en route.

With the initiative backed by the entire Arthur J. Gallagher business, including the executive leadership team, one of those taking part is Michael Rea, CEO of its UK Retail division — a regional UK network of client-focused branches in more than 50 locations. Also supporting the event will be representatives from some of the company’s key external insurance partners including Allianz, Aspen, Aviva, Axa, MS Amlin, Pen Underwriting, QBE and Zurich.

Gary Fletcher, Area Managing Director for the South-West region, also taking part, comments: “We were all deeply shocked at the news of Claire’s illness and sudden passing and felt compelled to come together as a team and do something positive in her memory.

“This is an entirely self-organised bike ride with our own branded jerseys, banners, flags and support cars, all supplied by our colleagues and network. The team ethic across the region to make this happen has been phenomenal including weekly training rides together in preparation. We’ve also had significant support from colleagues not able to ride, through support car drivers, bike mechanics, beds for the night and provision of refreshments and supplies.”

With £12,500 already raised through a quiz night and other donations, the cycle ride aims to increase the total fundraised to £15,000, which could then be doubled to £30,000 through the ‘Gallagher Gives’ match-funding initiative.

Kate Constance, Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK, comments: “This is such a tremendous effort by Arthur J. Gallagher. The dedication shown by the team to raise money for Cancer Research UK – no doubt spurred on by their personal experiences – is to be admired. Cancer Research UK is working towards three in four cancer patients surviving cancer by 2034; with the amazing fundraising efforts by individuals and companies like Arthur J. Gallagher we will hopefully see this happen. Together we will beat cancer sooner.”

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