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Cyclists from TalkTalk and Fujitsu raise money for school in Muswell Hill
Cyclists rode from north to south to raise £16,000 for a school for autistic children in Muswell Hill.
The group of 15 workers from the telecommunications company TalkTalk and their commercial partners Fujitsu joined forces to complete for a 250mile bike ride from Lancashire to London.
All the money they raised went to the Ambitious about Autism's Treehouse School, in Woodside Avenue.
This is the third year the two firms have completed the ride, in which the cyclists set off from TalkTalk’s technology centre in Irlam, near Manchester, spending four days on the road before arriving at the telecom company’s headquarters in Shepherd’s Bush, London.
A video of the 15 cyclists on their 250mile ride
Six of the riders were from the telecom company Fujitsu and the teams stopped off at its offices in Solihull, in the West Midlands.
Before finishing the rise the 15 cyclists visited the school in Muswell Hill.
The ride was part of TalkTalk’s Give Something Back programme, and during the past three years they have raised more than £40,000 and covered more than 700 miles for the charity.
Raj Kalia, TalkTalk’s business's director of major projects, was one of the people who completed the 250mile challenge.
He said: “This was our third year doing the ride and there was a lot of camaraderie.
“A lot of us had never met before the ride but by the end we were friends.
“At 250 miles with some challenging hills, it's not an easy ride but it's absolutely worth it to help such a great cause.
“We've raised almost £16,000 so far this year and donations are still coming in, bringing the total raised through our rides to over £40,000."
Jay Hunt, fundraising events manager at school for autistic children, said the ride has done more than just raised money, it has raised awareness.
She said: “Not only have they raised money, they have raised awareness of autism and the services we provide as an organisation.
“We want to thank them for their commitment.”
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