The magnificent sum of £168,494.31 was presented to Jon Haward, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities by Robert Behan, CEO of resource recovery company, Olleco, yesterday (Tuesday 29 November 2016).
The funds are to be shared between Ronald McDonald House Charities UK and Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland—the independent Charities which provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
Robert and seven friends took on one of the hardest amateur cycling events in the world in September, covering the 900 kilometre Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps from Geneva to Venice with heights of 21,000 meters over seven consecutive days.
The endurance challenge was borne out of personal tragedy after Robert lost his dearly beloved wife earlier this year. Already a seasoned competitive cyclist over the past four years, he found solace through the encouragement and support of his team mates, as together they faced the toughness of their task with inspiring camaraderie.
Olleco—the renewable division of the ABP Food Group—matched the first £50,000 raised on a pound-for-pound basis.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the Charity directly, visit: www.rmhc.org.uk