Cruise sector to take on charity bike ride next month

Twelve representatives of the cruise industry are embarking on a charity cycle ride to raise funds for the Family Holiday Association this September.

The ride starts in Petersfield, Hampshire, and cyclists will ride either a 50 mile or 100-mile loop, heading to the South coast and back on September 16.

It follows previous fundraising events by Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) and its cruise line members for the FHA, a non-profit organisation which provides British seaside breaks and day trips to struggling families.

Previous Clia cycling fundraisers include an annual Cycle to the Ball event (pictured) which takes place ahead of the Clia Cruise Forum and Winter Ball in December, and have raised enough money for the FHA to provide trips for hundreds of families in need.

The participants for this year’s charity bike ride are:

  • Ian Gilder, Adore Holidays and Cruises
  • Giles Hawke, Avalon Waterways
  • Richard Singer,
  • Dave Mills,
  • Bernie Carter, Oceania Cruises
  • Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises
  • Karen Farndell, Princess Cruises
  • Stuart Leven, Royal Caribbean International
  • Torey Kings-Hodkin, Royal Caribbean International
  • Edward Lang, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Graham Sadler, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Robbie White, Touchdown

Giles Hawke, chief executive of Cosmos and Avalon Waterways UK, said: “We believe that now is the right time to hold this fundraising event, as although we’re all struggling with our own business challenges and pressure on finances, there are many people in much more challenging situations and which the current climate will be making worse.

“Any funds we raise will help Family Holiday Association provide families with a well-deserved break, which can truly make all the difference to the quality of life for people living with real hardship. We understand that money may be tight at the moment and there may be some uncertainty, but any contribution no matter how big or small will be hugely appreciated by the Family Holiday Association and the families they help.”

You can donate here.

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