A team of cyclists from Costain VINCI have began their epic 370-mile bike ride to Paris to raise vital funds towards a new garden project they are building at Tŷ Hafan.
The 370 mile challenge, which started from Tŷ Hafan in Sully today, marks a new partnership with the charity as the engineering provider will be designing and constructing a new state-of-the-art garden in the grounds of the hospice.
27 cyclists, accompanied by six support drivers, will pedal around 120 miles a day and will reach the Eiffel Tower on Saturday 2 July.
Funds raised from the bike ride will also benefit Cystic Fibrosis Trust – Costain VINCI’s charity of the year.
Brian Greaves, Senior Community Relations Manager for Costain VINCI, said: “Our target is to raise £10,000 for the charities and every member of the team has contributed towards the cost of the travel so that every penny raised will go towards these fantastic causes.”
“The event has involved a great deal of planning, training and commitment from the team and we are confident we will safely meet the challenge and our financial target will be met.”
Barry Woodman, Project Director for the Costain VINCI Joint Venture, said: “The team is made up from members of the Costain VINCI Joint Venture team, which is currently working on the design and development proposals for the M4 Corridor around Newport, the Costain A465 project team and ABC Electrification. The proposal to redesign and develop the garden and surrounding woodlands at Tŷ Hafan was well within our skillsets and those of our design partners at Arup and Atkins. We are really pleased to be supporting this outstanding children’s charity.”
Work on the project is due to start in August and will include a memorial garden, an enchanted woodland, a viewing platform and sensory features such as musical instruments and ‘bug benches.’
The new garden will transform the current area to celebrate the lives of children who have died. Children will continue to be remembered in the new garden and Tŷ Hafan is working with families to make this happen. The space will also feature therapeutic and social elements for families and hospice staff to enjoy.
Carol Killa, Tŷ Hafan’s Director of Care, said: “We help and support more and more children year on year and we are in urgent need of work to expand and develop this part of our garden.
“The garden will provide a tranquil, contemplative space for parents and family members as well as providing a stimulating and fun place for the children and their siblings to interact in safety.
“The bike ride to Paris will be a tremendous achievement and we can’t thank Costain VINCI enough for their time and generosity. The new garden will make such a difference to the families we support.”
Since 1999, Tŷ Hafan has supported 681 life-limited children and their families from across Wales. Tŷ Hafan takes it support into the family home and is there to help families through every step of their unimaginable journey. To continue to offer its unique service to families, it relies on the public’s generosity, its corporate sponsors and volunteers.