Friday - May 12, 2017

The events include two cycle rides, a triathlon and a host of smaller individual fundraising activities

Bayer fundraisers launch three major events this summer

More than 300 energetic and charity-minded Bayer colleagues have launched three of their most ambitious fundraising activities to date as they strive to raise thousands for their favourite charities this summer.

Flashback to the start of the 2016 cycle ride
Flashback to the start of the 2016 cycle ride

Last year two groups from the company’s General Medicine and Country Platform (business services) team raised more than £33,000 after completing a cycle ride from London to Leverkusen in Germany.  This year colleagues from each office have set themselves equally stiff targets as they attempt to match their targets of last year.

A 40-strong group from Reading and Cambridge offices will be cycling from Reading to Paris, starting on June 8, to raise money for hospices Naomi House and Jacksplace, with a target of £20,000, and on July 7 the entire General Medicine team will be taking part in a triathlon, either as participants or as support crew, at a venue in Leiceistershire.  They hope to raise £25,000 for Together For Short Lives, the leading UK charity which supports seriously ill children and their families.

Meanwhile colleagues from the company’s Dublin office will also be saddling up for a four-day cycle ride from Dublin to Windsor, from June 4, calling in at Bayer’s Reading office in Green Park.  They have set themselves a target of raising 8,000 Euros. Their money will go towards their nominated charity, the children’s hospice LauraLynn.

All the offices have already kicked off fundraising with smaller activities such as raffles, cake sales and pedal-thons.

Head of Corporate Communications, Simon Greenstreet, said: “These teams were truly inspired by what they and other colleagues achieved last year, and wanted to continue the momentum into 2017. They have devised very challenging activities which involve a lot of work in terms of training and preparation.  It will help to bring the best out of themselves when the big occasion arrives, and hopefully to raise many more thousands of pounds to charities which help make children and their families’ lives a lot better.”


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