The Furniture Makers’ Company has announced that its charity bike ride to Bordeaux raised a huge £57,000.

Organised by Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the cyclists set off from Guildhall, London on 11 September 2016 and rode over 450 miles, reaching their end destination on 16 September 2016.

A group of 22 members and supporters, which averaged around 80 miles a day, of the industry charity took part in the event and were given a heroes welcome by friends, family, fellow Furniture Makers and Anne-Marie Cazalet, a representative of the Mayor of Bordeaux, at Place des Quincones, Bordeaux.

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Master Ben Burbidge leads the celebrations

Master Ben Burbidge said: “I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us, including the companies that funded our team cycling jersey. We have been flooded with congratulatory messages and well wishes. It was an amazing trip which, despite a few sore legs, we were all thrilled to be a part of. I’m incredibly impressed by the courage and determination of everyone who participated.

“The money raised will go a long way to helping The Furniture Makers’ Company achieve its aims of educating young talent for the future, driving excellence and helping people who have fallen on tough times.”

The companies that sponsored the team cycling jersey are Axminster Tools & Machinery, B&Q, Blum, the British Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, Burbidge Kitchens, CD UK, Cabinet Maker, Celtheath Contract Furniture, Designer Contracts, Ercol, Furniture Village, KI, Knoll, Lectra, Rotadex, Silentnight and Tangent Furniture.

For more information on how to sponsor the team, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/TFMCLtoB

The full list of participants are:

Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company/ Burbidge Kitchens

Hayden Davies, Junior Warden of The Furniture Makers’ Company

Brian Ahern

Michael Ahern

Lee Andrews, KI

Tony Attard OBE, Panaz

Peter Checketts, RHG Insurance Brokers

Jonathan Hindle, KI

Peter Hooper

John Irwin, Tangent Furniture

Amanda Johnson

Nigel Johnson

Stewart Linford

Graham Marley

Simon Power-Hynes, KI

Andrew Purves, Purves & Purves

Ian Peers, Ercol

Nicholas Radford, Nathan Furniture

Edward Tadros, Ercol

Henry Tadros, Ercol

Paul von der Heyde

William White, Rotadex