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Airport Staff Cycle To Amsterdam for Charity

They say charity begins at home, but for one group of caring employees it begins at work today… and will end on foreign soil 161 miles later.

A team of 40 workers and partners from London City Airport are cycling from Newham to Amsterdam to raise money for Richard House Children’s Hospice.  The group includes Chief Executive Declan Collier and Stephen Timms MP.

Each rider has raised funds through friends and family, while generous donations have also been received from corporate partners, including Aelia Duty Free and British Airways.

The money raised from the challenge will go to Richard House, which provides care for children and young people suffering from life-limiting illnesses.

Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport said:  “This challenge is going to be physically very tough and I’m extremely proud that so many of our employees have chosen to take part and really push themselves.  Everyone has been training hard and there is already a great team spirit forming before we have even set off.

“Richard House is a cause close to the heart of the airport and we are determined to battle our blisters and burning muscles to reach our destination and raise as much money as possible.”

Viv Talbot, Community Fundraising Manager at Richard House said:  “We have a great relationship with City Airport and it is fantastic that so many of their employees as well as our patron Stephen Timms MP are prepared to go so far for us. The ride will bring much needed funds to the hospice and shows wonderful commitment to supporting an excellent cause”

The journey begins at Richard House on Friday 12th July at 10.15am.  The route heads through Essex, due to arrive in Harwich at 8.00pm where the group will board an overnight ferry to Hook of Holland.  On Saturday they will set off again at 8.00am and continue through Amsterdam to the Gassan Diamonds store in the city centre, where they are due to cross the finish line at 6.00pm.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LCYBikechallenge

Editors note

London City Airport (LCY) is the only London airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. Catering for over 3 million passengers and 70,000 movements annually, in 2012 LCY celebrated its millionth flight, 36 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in, door to lounge, and a shorter arrival, tarmac to train.  11 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 47 destinations, eight of which were new for 2012, with six further announced in 2013.  The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum, which it intends to do by 2023.  Further information about the airport and its services can be found by browsing our website.

Further information

Please contact Charlotte Beeching, External Communications Manager by emailing charlotte.beeching@londoncityairport.com

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