If you’ve followed our journey over the last two years, you’ll know that we have worked with the incredible charity that is Caudwell Children, designing and manufacturing the cycle kit for all entrants of their annual Cycling With Champions race in Monaco. This year will be our third year designing the cycle kit for this infamous race in October and as a result, we’ve become experts within the field of cycling.
When Maggie’s reached out to us to ask us if we would help them on their 1,200 mile journey, we were more than a little excited to sink our teeth into another fantastic project for another well-deserving cause. And to provide kit for a race that would be covering 1,200 miles from Maggie’s Yorkshire HQ to their Barcelona base was even more exciting.
Who Are Maggie’s?
Maggie’s is a wonderful charity, located all around the world, giving people support, for free, to those with cancer and their families. With their centres running alongside the NHS, and their work offering support for everything from treatment side effects to dealing with financial concerns, their work is more important than ever and we could’t be happier to be partnering up by designing and manufacturing their cycle kit for this huge challenge.
Tour De Maggie’s
Tour De Maggie’s will comprise of cyclists including Dr Helen Haywood, a Leeds GP as well as her husband Dr Tim Haywood, consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospital. Helen Butters is another participant who brings with her huge experience with great challenges, having previously rowed across both the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in a female only team gaining a Guinness World Record as well as huge amounts of funding for Maggie’s Yorkshire.
The team will also boast the sensational 10 year old Iris, who’ll be cycling as much as she can throughout the 1,200 miles, unsurprisingly the biggest race she’s ever done, “I lost my grandad to cancer a few years ago and if there was a Maggie’s centre, I am sure it would have helped grandma and grandad. I am doing the ride to raise money for charity and to have a good challenge at the same time. I enjoy cycling because I find it fun, and I love going fast”
This race, that will cover four different countries over the course of 13 days, will be raising much needed funds for the Maggie’s Yorkshire at St Jame’s University Teaching Hospital in Leeds. All money raised will go towards funding their cancer support service which includes everything from complex grief management, as well as family support and bereavement support. With the cost of services like this equating to around £2,400 per day, fund raising has become vital, especially as the last few years have hit the charity extremely hard.
Vivendi Apparel Cycling Kit Designs
To say we were honoured to be asked to design and manufacture the kit for these incredible cyclists is an understatement to say the least.
Vivendi has a strong sense of social responsibility and is a great supporter of efforts to assist charities through fund-raising sporting events. Our founder, Elizabeth Davies truly believes in this great cause and its superb sporting effort, “Cyclists are increasingly turning to our compression wear to improve their performance by keeping their muscles and joints supported, optimising blood flow and providing sweat wicking properties to allow for temperature regulation while ensuring the cyclist remains dry. Our cycling kit is going to help this Maggie’s team reach their goal.”
And They’re Off…
The Maggie’s team will be leaving Maggie’s Yorkshire HQ April 30th. If you want to keep up to date on their journey, keep your eyes on their socials via the links below, as well as ours and don’t forget, you can donate yourself too!
Tour De Maggie’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tourdemaggies/
Vivendi Apparel Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vivendi_apparel/
Donate Here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-butters2