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22 July

AJW cycle 24 hours for Phoenix

AJW cycle team

A team of cyclists from AJW Distribution and Seven Asset completed a 24-hour challenge in aid of Phoenix ward.

The event was inspired by eight-year-old Harrison Hart who has a rare form of life-threatening epilepsy and regularly attends Phoenix ward for treatment. Harrison’s dad Shaun works at AJW’s Witham depot.

Team Harrison’s challenge started with the team of seven cyclists pedalling the 73.5 miles from AJW’s depot in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire to Witham.

They set off at 7.30am on Friday morning and arrived in Witham at 3.20pm where they were joined by Harrison, his parents Debbie and Shaun, and Donna Dodd, a specialist nurse who has supported Harrison and his family through his treatment.

A number of the AJW team then took turns to pedal a static bike through the night until 7.30am on Saturday morning to complete the arduous event.

Team Harrison comprised of AJW’s Liz Custance, Dean Wicks, Rainer Hoefft, Don Goldsworthy-Ellson. They were joined by Seven Asset’s Steve Cole and Rob Simmons, and personal trainer Ernie Ross.

Charlotte Woods, AJW’s marketing director, said: “I am extremely proud of everyone who took part. We wanted to thank the Phoenix ward team for Harrison’s amazing care by giving something back.”

Harrison’s mum, Debbie Hart, said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you for the amazing effort Team Harrison. It was so overwhelming to have such a lovely group of people put so much effort into the charity. Not only will this help children throughout Essex, but personally will also help my own son. I would like to say a massive thank you to all you.”

Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator at Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, added: “It was a great event and we’d like to say a huge well done to all the cyclists who took part. The money will make a big difference to the children and staff on Phoenix ward. We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support we’ve received from everyone at AJW and look forward to the events they have planned to raise more money for Phoenix later on in the year.”