Just before 6pm on Thursday 31st May 2018, Team Tower to Tower finally reached London and the end of the epic challenge to raise money for the children and young adults at The Donna Louise.
The team, which included KMF Group's Managing Director Gareth Higgins, crossed the finish line outside the Guoman Hotel in the shadow of the iconic Tower Bridge, London after 4 days of travelling 560km almost non-stop by bike, boat and on foot from the Eiffel Tower, Paris to London.
Over the four days the team battled the weather, underwent extensive physical challenges and faced severe fatigue and sleep deprivation, aiming to highlight the severe sleep deprivation faced by parents caring for a child with complex medical conditions. While the team face exhaustion and extreme sleep deprivation during Tower to Tower, parents of children with life-limiting conditions who work with the Donna Louise Children's Hospice face this challenge every day.
Gareth Higgins, MD of KMF Group, said: "It has been non-stop — going from the bike ride and straight into the boat with no rest, and then walking to London. I didn't underestimate the walk but that has been the hardest part, dealing with the fatigue. Getting to the finish line and seeing some of The Donna Louise families just reminds you of why you have done it and why it is worth it."
It's been an epic journey that the group of business leaders tackled in awesome style, their skill, endurance and stamina for this challenge, one of the toughest to date has meant that they've smashed their original target of £100k to raise £205,000 so far for The Donna Louise vharity.
A quick reminder of the challenge... over 4 days the team cycled, rowed and walked the 560km from Paris to London, to raise money for children, young adults and families who rely on The Donna Louise
- Leg 1: Cycle the 18-hour ride from The Eiffel Tower to the port of Le Havre.
- Leg 2: After little sleep, the team takes to the sea in a wooden rowing boat to row the 160 kilometres across the channel to Brighton (40 Hours!)
- Leg 3: A 100 kilometre, 24-hour trek to London from Brighton, of which 50 kilometres will be through the darkness of the night.
Thank you to everyone who supported Gareth's challenge and fundraising efforts!