Quinn Estates Sponsor Cyclists at the Red Lion in Bridge to Saddle Up for Charity Bike Ride

A charity bike ride, supported by Quinn Estates, has raised an impressive £16,369 for the Pilgrims Hospice charity in Kent. The epic trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End was arranged by the landlord of The Red Lion pub in Bridge and involved five people taking part in the 1,077-mile sponsored cycle.

Rene Renault, landlord of the Red Lion, was joined by friends and patrons of the pub (Chris Pilcock, Andy Gladin, Justin Lee and Jonno Stevens) for the ride which started in Land’s End on 9th September and arrived at John O’Groats on 22nd September – with each rider averaging 85 to 100 miles a day.

Quinn Estates, which sponsored the team, supported the local fundraising events held at the pub in the run-up to the trip, as well as paying for accommodation along the route for all the riders.

Rene said: “My business partner, Chris Pilcock, and I regularly cycle together and have spent the last few summers taking a fortnight’s cycling holiday in France. Having spent an evening together in the Red Lion, we decided to put our hobby towards a good cause and raise money for charity in a sponsored bike ride.

“Although we were well trained, nothing could have prepared us for the terrible weather of Scotland and England! We were even forced to stop one day but, in general, we were hugely spurred on by the support of the public. We received a very warm welcome everywhere we stopped and were encouraged by the messages of support on social media each day. People that we met along the way were very generous in giving us their spare change, which all added up in the end.

“Quinn Estates supported us the whole way through the process and were very generous with the donations they provided to us. Mark Quinn was there to support at the local events and, one night at one of the fundraising events, he actually doubled the grand total – which massively contributed towards our final donation.

“We couldn’t think of a better charity to support than the wonderful Pilgrims Hospice. The money we have raised will contribute towards ensuring that the charity can continue providing their specialist, compassionate care to 2,400 patients, their carers and their families every year. With 75% of their funding coming through voluntary contributions from the local community, donations like this really make a huge difference.”

Mark Quinn, CEO and Chairman of Quinn Estates, said: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the cyclists on their incredibly tough bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. It’s by no means an easy feat to achieve something like this and I admire their determination.

“The Pilgrims Hospice is a charity very close to my heart and I know how much donations like this mean to them.”