Motor industry rallies to support BCA’s Paris Challenge
The motor industry is rallying to support BCA’s ‘Paris Challenge’ charity bike ride in aid of ‘Action for A-T’. A-T or Ataxia Telangiectasia, is a rare, genetic degenerative childhood disease.
The 400km challenge will leave BCA Blackbushe - the UK’s largest auction centre – in September and will finish in Paris, where BCA operates one of eight French remarketing centres. The aim is to raise £30,000 to fund research into treating A-T. A team of 40 participating riders will tackle the gruelling event, with cyclists from BCA and the wider motor industry taking part.
Sponsors include Toyota and Renault from the manufacturing sector, as well as leasing companies ALD, LexAutolease, LeasePlan and Olgivie and some of the biggest dealer groups in the country including Arnold Clark, Vertu, Marshall Group, Motorline, Halliwell Jones, Jardine, Ancaster, JCT600, Lookers and TC Harrison. Insurers Aston Scott and Secure Valeting are also backing the event, while Thrifty have kindly committed to providing support vehicles for the event.
Craig Purvey, chief commercial officer at BCA is one of those taking part. He said: “We are delighted that many from across the motor industry are rallying behind this event. Action for A-T is a very worthwhile cause which funds high-quality peer-reviewed medical research to speed up the process of identifying a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare, genetic degenerative disease of childhood.”
The charity has invested more than £1,700,000 in a variety of A-T related research projects around the world. A-T affects multiple systems of the human body, and health progressively deteriorates causing an overall loss of coordination and muscle control. Children are usually confined to a wheelchair by around the age of 10 and will need assistance with everyday tasks.
To donate visit: justgiving.com/actionforAT