‘Wheeley’ successful charity partnership concludes in a final push for prostate cancer

Four intrepid staff from global asset management firm BlackRock are to cycle from Edinburgh to London, covering approximately 400 miles in just two days, in preparation for the ride of their lives in September. The brave quad will be cycling 3,200 miles from the firm's San Francisco office to their New York base in just 13 days to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Paul Meyers, 43, David Shaw, 43, Justine Smeal, 35, and Lee Woodyard, 24, will set off from BlackRock's Edinburgh office on Monday 25 July, spinning into BlackRock's London headquarters on Tuesday evening. The extreme cycling challenge is the final fundraising feat for BlackRock, who picked The Prostate Cancer Charity as their Charity of the Year.

Since the partnership began in June 2010, employees at the asset management firm have raised more than £185,000 through a variety of events and challenges. Staff have hosted dinners, organised race nights and male employees grew impressive mo's for Movember, the sponsored moustache growing event, which takes place annually in the month formerly known as November.

Both rides look set to be the toughest challenge yet for Paul, David, Justine and Lee, who are all keen riders. The gruelling US ride will see the brave foursome clock up to 260 miles per day in their bid to reach the Big Apple in just 13 days. To meet the challenge they will be riding unsupported in relay with one rider on the road at a time, with the three other team mates following in an RV. The team will be relying solely on each other for driving, navigation, and bike repairs.

The Edinburgh to London ride is an important warm up for the group and they will be relying on the support of their Scottish colleagues when they set off on Monday.

Paul Meyers, Director, Business Operations at BlackRock said: "The idea for the US ride came about over a coffee machine conversation that David and Lee were having, and with a glint of madness in the eyes a team was put together. Twelve months on we are now at the nervous end of the planning, but we are all very excited about the challenge ahead and the funds we will be able to raise for such a good charity. The Edinburgh to London ride is a great way for the team to connect our UK & US offices and we look forward to the support and send off from our colleagues in Edinburgh."

The Prostate Cancer Charity's Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop said: "BlackRock have truly embraced the partnership with us and have gone over and beyond the call of duty with their fundraising efforts. They have raised an incredible amount of money for the Charity - more than any other group in the UK. We are hugely grateful to all of BlackRock's employees who have got involved, especially Paul, David, Justine and Lee who are going to extraordinary lengths to support us. We wish them all the best of luck, just thinking about their ride makes me feel tired!"

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