Support floods in for Team Sitematch London
Thu 5th March 2015, 4:18 pm
Property industry heavyweights have waded in with support for Team Sitematch London in the Broadgate Estates Cycle to MIPIM challenge this year.
The peloton of more than 100 riders left London this morning on the long road to Cannes. They will ride 932 miles to raise money for charity, contributing to a total which is nearing two million over the 10 years the challenge has taken place. The headline charity for the 2015 event is Coram, which supports vulnerable children and young people.
Dr Carol Homden, Coram’s chief executive, offered encouragement to the riders as they set off: “There are children for whom your achievements are unimaginable, who are depending on you and whose lives are going to be changed forever, as a result of what you are about to do.”
Team Sitematch London consists of 14 riders, including executive director of housing and land at the Greater London Authority, David Lunts and lead officer for inward investment at Croydon Council, Matthew McMillan.
Linden Homes Group is among the sponsors backing Lunts. Managing director, Andrew Richards, said: “Congratulations to David for undertaking a really tough challenge in aid of a charity that has done so much good work for so long. We are very proud to add our support again this year.”
Croydon London, the Develop Croydon Forum is one of the companies sponsoring McMillan. Committee member and director of Sinclair Clark, Vanessa Clark, said: “I am personally delighted to be sponsoring Matt – I have no doubt Matt – who is very fit – will arrive in record time.
“This focuses on Croydon at a pivotal time in the delivery of many key projects which promise a great future for the town.”
Team Sitematch London also includes: director of regeneration, economic development and environment at Hounslow Council; Brendon Walsh; assistant director of regeneration and planning at Ealing Council, Lucy Taylor; and 3Fox International's managing director, Toby Fox.
Homden added: “Go riders, make your difference, do well – all get safely down to Cannes and I’m going to be there to welcome you all in.”
Lunts is sponsored by Barratt London, Bellway, Countryside, Guiness Partnerships, Lewis Silkin, Linden Homes, Lovell, Movers and Shakers, Pinnacle Regeneration, Places for People, Redrow and Rydon Construction.
McMillan is sponsored by Croydon Council, Croydon London (DC Forum), Croydon Partnership (Westfield), ING Media, Sinclair Clark, Stanhope and Shroders.
Taylor is sponsored by A2Dominion, Benson Elliot, British Land, Catalyst Housing, Countryside, Crosstree, GVA, Londonewcastle, Rydon Construction, St James, University of West London and Willmott Dixon.
Walsh is sponsored by A2Dominion, Ballymore, Barratt London, be:here, Blackstone, Carter Jonas, Galliard Homes, GVA, Heathrow Airport, Pick Everard, Prime Place, Segro, University of West London and Willmott Dixon.
View official photos from day one of Cycle to Cannes, with photography by Matt Alexander