Novice cyclist helps to raise a huge £20,000

Charlie Astridge has cycled 75 miles for charity SUS-150730-124303001
Charlie Astridge has cycled 75 miles for charity SUS-150730-124303001

An Eastbourne man has completed a 75-mile cycling marathon to help raise more than £20,000 for charity.

Charlie Astridge, from Eastbourne, joined forces with fellow Selco Builders Warehouse staff to help raise funds for the leading builders merchant’s nominated charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 52-year-old was joined by 14 determined managers from Selco branches across London, who got together to cycle the New Forest Conquest in and around Southampton.

The group were of mixed cycling ability, ranging from seasoned veterans to those that had next to no experience and all underwent an intensive training schedule beforehand.

The first riders to cross the finish line completed the course in an impressive four-and-a-half hours, with the entire group finishing in less than eight hours.

Charlie Astridge, manager at Selco’s Sidcup branch, said, “The bike ride was a gruelling task, but it was great to raise some money for Selco’s very worthy charity, Macmillan.

“The New Forest Conquest was a fantastic route to cycle, despite the constant crosswinds which made staying upright a tricky task!

“I would class myself as a novice rider, though I have participated in a range of charity cycle events, including last year’s Selco charity cycle around Norfolk and Suffolk.

“I’m delighted to have helped raise a substantial sum for Macmillan; the feeling when you pass the finish line makes all the hard work worth it.”

Selco has hosted a range of fundraising initiatives in the past such as charity golf days, sponsored runs and a charity matches in conjunction with Selco-sponsored sports teams.

The company has set itself an ambitious fundraising target of £300,000 by the end of 2016 – an average of £50,000 a year.

Ross Sandy, Charlton branch manager and leader of the challenge team,said some cycling novices got on their bikes for the fundraiser.

Ross said, “It was a fantastic day out.

“Some members of the group hadn’t cycled for over 20 years, so it was fantastic to see that they had the determination and drive to complete the challenge.

“Everyone has been so generous with their donations, including customers, staff, family and suppliers.”

Since 2012, Selco has raised more than £200,000 for Macmillan and has this year pledged to continue its fundraising for the cancer support charity.

The company is helping support Macmillan in its aim to ensure no one faces cancer alone. The charity wants to reach and improve the lives of every one suffering from cancer.

Donations for the cycle ride can still be made by visiting