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Charity cycling marathon nets £168,000

Eight cyclists,, including the chief executive of Olleco Robert Behan raised nearly £170,000 for charity by completing a gruelling ride across the Swiss Alps.

In September, Behan and his friends cycled from Geneva to Venice in seven days, covering 900km and climbing to heights of 21,000m.

The sponsorship total of £168,494.31 is to be shared between Ronald McDonald House Charities UK and Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland, which provide free accommodation to families with children in hospital.

Behan’s wife died earlier this year and he wanted to raise money in her memory. A competitive cyclist for four years, he recruited friends to join him on the ride and they far exceeded their initial target.

Olleco, the renewable division of the ABP Food Group, matched the first £50,000 raised on a pound-for-pound basis.

The cheque marking the team’s efforts was presented by Behan to Jon Haward, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities (below).

2000 olleco cycle cheque

2000 olleco cycle cheque

Photo credit: Gareth Etherington

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