Forfeit cycle ride challenge raised money for charity

WHEEL DEAL: Staff from Trant Engineering have raised £3,000 for two charities in the Southampton area following a special cycle ‘forfeit’ ride.

In time-honoured tradition, the last-placed team at Trant Engineering’s Christmas quiz had to name a fundraising forfeit.

Now two charities are better off by £3,000 thanks to the kindness of the lucky losers.

As quiz team captain, Jo Pooley, a management account at the multi-disciplinary contractor, which employs 1,000 people, plumped for a 50-mile cycle ride in the New Forest.

She was joined by her quiz team colleagues and other members of staff, as well as families and friends, for the sporting challenge.

Two local charities benefited.

Flutterby helps improve the lives of physically and mentally impaired children, from low-income families, in a relaxed atmosphere at Sophia’s House, a treatment clinic in Bursledon, near Southampton.

Kitty’s Dream was founded by the parents of Kitty May Brewer, who was “born sleeping”, and raises funds for the bereavement midwifery team at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.

Jo said: “Both charities do inspirational work, often in very difficult circumstances, and it was our privilege to raise funds for them with our cycle ride forfeit. More than £2,000 was donated, which is being split between Flutterby and Kitty’s Dream.”

To date nearly £60,000 has been raised by Trant Engineering for Flutterby, including a charity golf day last month at Stoneham Golf Club, Southampton, which generated £5,000.

Twenty golfers from the engineering and construction sectors took part in the fundraiser, organised by Trant Engineering.

By Nikki Pullen on Monday, November 14th, 2016 in news.