Construction and property development company Willmott Dixon have only been supporting Action Medical Research for a year but have already raised in excess of £70,000 by allowing the charity to organise and benefit from The Willmott Dixon Classic.
Just a week after returning from the Paralympic Games in Rio, gold medallist Jody Cundy was in Hertfordshire to see off riders on the inaugural Willmott Dixon Classic in aid of Action Medical Research.
The Classic saw almost 200 riders waved off from The Heath Sports Centre in Royston by Jody, a long-time supporter of Action Medical Research who regained his Kilo Paralympic title in a new Paralympic record of 1:04.492, and took gold again with Louis Rolfe and Jon-Allan Butterworth in the Mixed Team Sprint C1-5.
The route was designed by Action’s cycling experts to celebrate Willmott Dixon's roots, with cyclists going through Bassingbourn village where John Willmott founded the company in 1852 with his first workshop.
Now it was his direct descendant Rick Willmott who led the riders, with the route also taking in the Wimpole Estate where the company had its first project before visiting modern projects like the European Bioinformatics Institute and a recent Sunesis school in Biggleswade.
Group Chief Executive Rick says: “It was tremendous to see so many riders and volunteers join us today to raise money for this fantastic cause and see where it all started for our company in 1852.
"I would like to thank everyone who supported the event - the £70,000 raised will help further important work by Action Medical Research to stop the suffering of children caused by disease and disability. I also hope everyone enjoyed seeing some of the projects that have helped Willmott Dixon become the company it is today.”