MEMBERS of a Bournemouth based communications company took on a 1700km cycle challenge, raising £26,000 for two charities.

4Com took on a dual fundraising challenge to raise funds for MYTime Young Carers Charity and the Alzheimer’s Society

Over 100 staff members from the business took on the initial challenge of a 24-hour virtual cycle ride, covering the distance from Paris to Bournemouth, but with the intention of carrying on and achieving as many miles as possible to maximise money raised.

A distance of 1700 kms was achieved, equivalent to two round trips from Paris to Bournemouth.

4Com Director Dean Cartledge said: “Charity is an integral part of our business culture, it’s hugely important to us. We like to get the staff involved in our fundraising challenges and make them feel a part of each initiative.

“We are hugely proud of staff commitment shown for this virtual cycle challenge, with over 100 staff participating and many more making donations.”

Krista Cartlidge, Executive Director at MYTime Young Carers Charity kicked off the bike ride and put in a very credible shift, heading the leader board for some time with her performance.

The second fundraising challenged involved six engineer staff from 4Com who completed a 15,000 skydive.

MYTime Young Carers Charity Executive Director Krista Cartlidge added: “Wow, what a fantastic amount raised! A massive thank you to the incredible staff at 4Com for choosing to support MYTime with their virtual bike ride and skydiving event.

“Through the hard work and commitment shown by the staff at 4Com, MYTime will be able to provide young carers with a break at our outdoor centre in Worth Matravers.

“These breaks are an invaluable opportunity for young carers to have fun, make friends and to take some time out from their caring responsibilities.”