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28 June 2016

A team of cyclists from three Costain associated projects in South Wales is setting out on a 370-mile bike ride to Paris, to raise funds towards a new garden project at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice near Cardiff.

The Costain VINCI joint venture, which is developing proposals for the M4 Corridor around Newport, has been supported by the Costain A465 Section 2 project in Gilwern and ABC Electrification working on the South Wales Electrification Scheme to raise money through the Cycle Challenge.

The 370-mile challenge, which starts at the hospice tomorrow, marks a new partnership with the charity, as members from the Costain VINCI jv will be designing and constructing a new state-of-the-art garden there.

A group of 27 cyclists, plus six support drivers, will pedal around 120 miles a day to reach the Eiffel Tower on Saturday 2 July.

Funds raised from the bike ride will also benefit Cystic Fibrosis Trust – Costain VINCI’s charity of the year.

Since 1999, Tŷ Hafan has supported 681 life-limited children and their families from across Wales. The hospice takes its support into families’ homes and is there to help families through extremely difficult times. It relies on the support of the public, its corporate sponsors and volunteers.

Brian Greaves, Senior Community Relations Manager for Costain VINCI, said: “Our target is to raise £10,000 for the charities and every member of the team has contributed towards the cost of the trip, so that every penny raised will go to the charities.

“The event has involved a great deal of planning, training and commitment from the team and we are confident we will meet our financial target.”

Barry Woodman, Project Director for the Costain VINCI jv added: “The proposal to redesign and develop the garden and surrounding woodlands at Tŷ Hafan was well within our skillsets and those of our design partners at Arup and Atkins. We are really pleased to be supporting this outstanding children’s charity.”

Work on the project is due to start in August and will include a memorial garden, an enchanted woodland, a viewing platform and sensory features such as musical instruments.

As well as being an area in which to remember children who have died at Tŷ Hafan, the space will feature therapeutic and social elements for families and hospice staff to enjoy.

Carol Killa, Tŷ Hafan’s Director of Care, said: “The garden will provide a tranquil, contemplative space for parents and family members as well as providing a stimulating and fun place for the children and their siblings to interact in safety.

“We wish the cyclists well for their bike ride – which will be a tremendous achievement – and we can’t thank Costain VINCI enough for their time and generosity as this new garden will make such a difference to the families we support.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the team’s efforts can do so on the following Just Giving page:




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