Teamwork raises thousands for good causes

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our amazing cycle team who took on the Kent to Ghent cycle challenge.  So far, thanks to this event, more than £32,000 has been raised for good causes, including more than £4000 for Alder Hey hospital, CMS’s chosen charity.

Our seven-strong team of Jason Airey, John Lancaster, Damien Penman, Gary Laver, Phil Chaplin, Richard Marsh and Geert Vloedgraven joined with around 30 of our colleagues and business partners from across the UK’s waste and transport industry to tackle the 160-mile challenge.

So that supporters back home could track progress of the event CMS provided the riders with tracking devices that showed their progress live on the team’s website.  CMS also provided support vehicles for the event, which were fitted with live camera feeds that showed the ride in progress via the team’s website.

Our Chairman, Ian Quinlan, is Vice-Chairman of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital so we are all very aware of both the pioneering and life-saving work that Alder Hay do and of the need for them to continually raise money in order to continue their work.

Over the last few months the team, whose ages range from 31 to 70, trained hard for the ride, especially Damien Penman and Gary Laver who were completely new to cycling.

The team’s most senior member, Business Development Director John Lancaster, said that at 70 years old he didn’t take this challenge on lightly. Thankfully he survived being knocked-off in an accident whilst training!

There’s still time to help us raise more money.  Anyone I’m delighted with the money we have raised and, as an added incentive, anyone donating more than £10 is being entered into a raffle to win my bike.  It’s a Cannondale Carbon race road bike and is worth around £1500.  To donate to the CMS Alder Hey team go to

This is the second time that a team from CMS have been involved in a cycle challenge.  Last year MD Jason Airey and two other colleagues embarked on the Tower to Tower challenge From London Bridge to Paris, raising around £24,000 for charity.

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