A team of advisers, staff and friends have raised £75,000 for our community involvement programme, the Openwork Foundation, through a sponsored bike ride across Jordan.
Twenty-three cyclists set off for Jordan in October and cycled 320km in four days across the Arabian desert, from Madaba in the north to Aqaba in the south, raising money to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and overseas.
The Jordan cycle expedition included a day trek in Petra at extreme temperatures – ranging from 40C during the day to just above freezing at night. Northern Rock and Just Retirement were the key sponsors.
The Jordan expedition was the 11th overseas Cycle Challenge we’ve embarked on. The Foundation aims to support some of the most disadvantaged people in society and enable them to lead more independent lives under its theme, ‘Cares 4 Kids’.
Last year we funded grants for £400,000 to charities nominated by our staff and advisers, helping over 13,000 children.