As Corporate Sponsor for Cousins & Cousins Architects 2017 MIPIM Cycle Challenge, Cantifix were proud to support their Director Ben Cousins as he cycled some 1500 kilometres to Cannes raising funds for worthy charity, Coram.
The Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to the world’s largest property market, MIPIM, in Cannes saw 190 cyclists from London’s property industry pedal to the metal for six days from London to the South of France in an epic cycle journey. This was all in a bid to raise money for the UK’s first children’s charity and the team achieved the largest amount ever raised in a single event to Cannes, reaching an incredible £550,000 for Coram.
The funds raised will make a life-changing difference to many. Two-thirds of the funds raised this year will go to Coram’s adoption programme, helping some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children find loving homes.
Matthew Sharman, Finance Director at Cantifix said: “Cantifix were delighted to support Ben in this mammoth cycle challenge and we were proud to contribute to this fantastic charity. It was certainly no mean feat, congratulations Ben and the cycling enthusiasts here at Cantifix are getting ready to don their lycra for next year’s challenge.
“We have built up strong relationships with our clients over the years, which we value tremendously, so we’re always keen to get involved in industry events together, especially when they include supporting deserved charities such as Coram.
“There’s possibly even a Cantifix & Cousins team in the pipeline for next year!”
Whilst it may seem like a lovely idea to spend a week in the glamorous and picturesque South of France, the reality for the cyclists was early mornings, long days in the saddle, hill climbs and late finishes. All whilst trying to keep their spirits high in the knowledge that this was going to be repeated the very next day.
Ben Cousins, Director at Cousins & Cousins Architects and Cyclist to Cannes commented: “The cycle ride was fantastic and gruelling in equal measure. It can be as much of an intimidating challenge for those that have never done it before, as much as those that have, but it was well worth it. Completely exhausting but so very rewarding!
“This year, two routes were organised, East and West of Paris. I completed the West of Paris route via Portsmouth, which was hillier and a little more varied. The longest day was 330km between Blois and Beaume, which meant being in the saddle from 6am-10pm. That was certainly a long day. This was then followed by a mere 280km the following day!
“I just want to thank Cantifix as our Corporate Sponsor for their contribution and also for all their support, I’m really grateful. We’ve worked together for some time now and I’m looking forward to the year ahead, as well as the prospect of a bigger cycling team next year!”
Cantifix are celebrating 30 years in business this year and will continue to celebrate their anniversary with more news, events and launches throughout 2017.