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Center Parcs’ charity challenge

Press release   •   Oct 08, 2014 00:00 BST

A team of cyclists from Center Parcs Whinfell Forest have completed the Sea to Sea (C2C) challenge, raising over £2000 for Center Parcs’ two corporate charities, ChildLine and The Wildlife Trusts.

The team of 10 employees tackled the 140 mile route, from Whitehaven to Sunderland, over three days, accompanied by a support team.

Lisa Broome, General Manager at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, headed up the support team. Lisa was originally signed up for the cycle ride but was forced to pull out after breaking her ankle whilst training for the challenge.

“Although I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to join them, I am so proud of the team,’ said Lisa. “A majority of them weren’t cyclists when they started, but I think they can definitely say they are now.”

Starting from Whitehaven Harbour, the team began the challenge with the tradition of dipping their bike wheels into the sea before cycling to Newton Rigg, via the first climb of the weekend, Whinlatter.

The second day proved the most challenging, taking in the Pennines, the steepest section of the route and the highest point on the route, just outside Allenheads. After a difficult climb up to Hartside, the team were greeted by a number of their Center Parcs colleagues who had brought tea and cake to cheer them on.

Accompanied by a thick fog, the team started the third day with extra layers and aching muscles. Crossing from Cumbria into Northumberland, they encountered the final climb of the challenge – Crawleyside Bank. The whole journey was rounded off with a dip in the sea at Sunderland for the braver team members.

Claire Campbell, General Manager’s Secretary, who was part of the team, said: “It was a tough challenge, with a few punctured tyres, sore muscles and unexpected climbs throughout, but we all felt an amazing sense of achievement when we finished. It’s great that we managed to raise such a fantastic amount for both charities and really challenged ourselves as well.”

Notes to editors

The team: Claire Campbell, General Manager’s Secretary; Glen Franklin, Technical Services Manager; Keith Thompson, Housekeeping Line Manager; Victoria Kite, HR & Training Manager; Remko Plooj, Leisure Services Manager; Stephen Campbell, Health and Safety Technician; Joe Thompson, Deputy Guest Services Manager; Dave Norman, Supervisor, Subtropical Swimming Paradise; Simon McLeod, IT Helpdesk and Dave Smith, Housekeeping General Areas Assistant.

Support team: Lisa Broome, General Manager; Helen Burgess, HR Advisor and Emma Elworthy, HR Advisor

Contact information

Center Parcs Press Office

Telephone: 01623 821733


Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row