Planit Cares… Oslo to Stavanger

This week, Managing Director Pete Swift set off on a 300 mile charitable cycle ride from Oslo to Stavanger.

It is Pete’s second leg of the Dransfield Foundation cycle around Europe, having undertaken the Copenhagen to Oslo ride in 2017. The highlight of the last ride was congratulatory messages video-streamed to the team from their families as they arrived in Oslo. Amongst them was Deborah, wife of team-leader, Mark Dransfield. She had been recovering from cancer, and on their last evening the team toasted the news everyone wanted. The all clear.

But, the cancer returned, and the 2018 leg was put on hold. Debs passed away in January this year.

It is especially for her, Mark and their family that the team came together again, swelled in numbers and more driven than ever to raise as much money as they can for St Luke’s Hospice, Action Against Cancer and the Dransfield Foundation. Along with each member of the 12-strong team, Pete covered the cost of the trip to ensure all donations go directly to these three charities.

Monday – Straight off the plane in Oslo and onto the bikes for a 63km (40 miles) ride to Hokksund. Meanwhile in the UK, the practice donated £20 for each person who doesn’t already cycle to work, but choses to do so today, and the Liverpool team organised a sponsored walk.

Tuesday – As if the tough, steep and mountainous 113km (70 miles) from Hokksund to Seljord weren’t enough, the heavens opened, but the team was spurred on by coverage and encouragement from ITV News Calendar. Back in Altrincham, YogaLife offered a class free of charge and invited participants from Planit-IE and Project3 Architects to make a charitable donation.

Wednesday – Another rainy, steep and tough day for the team, riding 137.588km (85 miles) from Seljord to Rysstad, with snow as they topped the highest point of this year’s tour. Leaflets sharing research into preventative measures which could help reduce the risk of cancer were produced and circulated to the practice.

Thursday – A shorter distance of 54km (33 miles) from Rysstad to Sirdal but 4000ft of climbing and most of it in the first 15 miles. 10% gradient most the way up! Back at Planit HQ, healthy energy bars were concocted for sale.

Friday – The final straight, 111km (68 miles) from Sirdal to Stavanger, celebrating the end of the tour with a traditional Norwegian dinner. Planit-IE hopped, skipped and jumped into the weekend with sports in the park in lieu of First Friday drinks.

The team rode 300 miles across Norway, climbing 6,750m from Oslo to Stavanger raising over £60,000 for St Luke’s Hospice, Action Against Cancer and the Dransfield Foundation. You can boost this even further by donating via: Virgin Money Giving – Team Dransfield. All contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Pete’s cycle ride marks the start of our new charitable initiative ‘Planit cares…’ which in future years will look to our team members to put forward and raise funds for causes that we believe will make a real difference. We all have causes close to our hearts and this initiative will enable us to support a range of charities our staff and their families feel passionate about.