Cycling 210 miles from our London office to our headquarters in Cheshire, the Tour 21 team successfully kicked off Parker Design’s 21st anniversary in style, raising £14,000 for charity in the process.
14 of our guys took to the open road, braving angry commuters and unpredictable English weather, to support producer James Harwood, who underwent his second surgery in January to remove a brain tumour.
Inspired by James’ ordeal, the company dedicated its 21st anniversary celebration to helping raise money for life-saving brain tumour research.
Want to see the team in action? Check out highlights from the ride here:
Day 1: The team took the opportunity to load up on their carbs and then hit the streets of London in the wee hours of Thursday morning to avoid rush hour traffic. They posed for a quick photo at the Farringdon office with Kerry Roe-Ely, our fundraising coordinator at The Brain Tumour Charity.
Day 2: After a brilliant first day of riding, the team set out from Northampton, cheered on by friends, family and clients online. Despite a few sore muscles, our Tour 21 boys nevertheless cut a striking image as they rode through Staffordshire.
Day 3: Changing terrain and long uphill climbs challenged the Tour 21 team to their limits on the second day, but news that donations were pouring in gave the guys the inspiration they needed to push on. Supporters followed their progress anxiously via social media, tracking them from their starting point in Burton-on-Trent to our headquarters in Cheshire, where our 21st anniversary celebration was waiting to kick off.
Things seemed tense for a moment, as riders separated into two groups early in the day – those pacing themselves for the long haul and those pushing themselves to higher speeds – but regardless, no man would be left behind.
Triumphantly crossing the finish line, the first group arrived like conquering heroes….
And shortly thereafter, the second group was welcomed with cheers, applause and a well deserved victory party.
Managing Director, Andi Parker, commented:
“It was a brilliant experience – I’m so proud of the team and what we have achieved. Not only has Parker Design raised £14,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity, but I’ve seen our team come closer together than ever before. What better way to celebrate our 21st anniversary!”
Congratulations guys – we’re so proud of you. And thank you to everyone who attended our anniversary event and helped us raise funds for this worthy cause.
If you’d like to help us fight brain tumours, there’s still time! Please donate on our JustGiving page.