A team led by Openfield’s head of central store development, Rob Sanderson, is about to cycle the length of France for the second time in three years. It is to raise funds and awareness on behalf of two charities – Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Almost three years ago Mr Sanderson, who lost his wife Kate to MND, set himself the ambitious target of raising £100,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. But with 75% of the target already achieved, the imminent Caen to Cannes charity ride should help him complete this objective by autumn 2018, together with a charity auction and ball in mid-September.

Caen to Cannes 2018

“It needed another big cycle to follow on from our Calais to Perpignan adventure in 2015 that opened so many other doors for me, rather than looking at the one that had closed behind me,” Mr Sanderson explains.

The Caen to Cannes trip will see a team of 22 – 14 cyclists and 8 support crew – take on the 1,000 km route. It includes a detour up the mighty Mont Ventoux of Tour de France fame – 21km uphill with gradients of 16% in places.

Mr Sanderson is undertaking the trip with his good rugby friend Tim Daniels, whose life was saved bu the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance five years ago. All funds raised are to be split equally between the MNDA & HIOWAA.

The Caen to Cannes charity ride starts on August 18th. For more details and the chance to donate, please visit the https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CaentoCannes website.