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Corporate insurance cycling team take no risks riding Action London to Paris 2014

20 February 2014

A team of 14 riders from AXA Corporate Solutions is getting ready to cycle from London to Paris in September to raise vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research and is calling upon other companies to get involved too.

The charity has a passion for cycling and has built up a successful portfolio of events, with an established record of first class organisation and delivery.

The AXA team of mixed cycling ability and experience will join other cyclists riding the 261-mile route, on the Action London to Paris, 10-14 September. They will spend around eight hours a day in the saddle, travelling an average of 90 miles each day, and will arrive in the French capital, pedalling in convoy down the Champs Elysees to finish under the arches of the Eiffel Tower.

AXA Corporate Solutions has a history of supporting good causes through its ‘AXA Hearts in Action’ global volunteering programme that has been running since 1991. Each year the company also have a ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Week’ where staff undertake activities to support great causes.

This year they wanted to find a cause that they felt would fit with, and bring to life, their core values of ‘Professionalism’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Pragmatism’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Team‘. The children’s charity Action Medical Research was identified as a perfect partner and following initial discussions, a plan for the fundraising cycling adventure was born.

A grand total of 14 riders, from both their Ipswich and London offices, will be taking on the challenge of riding from London (location of the UK AXA headquarters) to Paris (the AXA global headquarters). The team includes three members of the UK AXA Board: CEO Matthieu Caillat, Head of HR Patrick Giddings and Head of Operations Jason Rodwell.

Patrick Giddings says: “We always want to lead from the top so we have three UK Board members taking part but once the challenge starts all hierarchy is forgotten and we will be one team supporting each other to complete the Action London to Paris. It is also important to realise that in addition to the support AXA Corporate Solutions is giving to this challenge, each rider has had to make a personal commitment to ensure that as a team we raise a significant amount of money for this incredible charity.”

For further information and to register visit or call 01403 327443.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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