A CREST Nicholson Midlands division employee has cycled from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, raising over £7,000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
The epic journey across Asia saw Crest Nicholson’s Tom Dwyer cycle an average of 80km per day over six days across rough terrain, and in temperatures of up to 36 degrees.
Crest Nicholson has donated more than £1.4 million to Variety since 2005, which inspired Tom, a novice cyclist, to raise money for the charity.
Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.
Tom, who admits to not being a particularly keen cyclist, did have a couple of accidents on the journey: once after only ten minutes and another where he got distracted whilst high-fiving local children.
Tom Dwyer, Land Buyer at Crest Nicholson Midlands, said: “It was a tricky challenge, but definitely worth doing. I’ve been lucky enough through my work with Crest Nicholson to see the incredible work Variety does for young people across the country. Knowing that I was helping them gave me the extra bit of motivation I needed to keep me going through the harder times.
“I’ve been amazed by the support from everybody who donated and I’m extremely grateful for it.
“Cycling through the countryside gave me the opportunity to see authentic Cambodia and Vietnam. The people of both countries were all incredibly welcoming and supportive. Some of the roads through the villages were almost non-existent, and I had to dodge cows and dogs on more than one occasion.”
Variety provides coaches and bespoke wheelchairs, specialist, sensory and recreational equipment for use in the home, schools, children’s hospitals and youth centres, as well as creating memorable experiences through “Variety Great Days Out”.