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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Cycling Challenge Raises Over £200K For Marie Curie

Joe McGuigan, the Director of Aspray Glasgow North and South, has successfully completed an extraordinary 8-day cycling journey from Vietnam to Cambodia alongside his friend, Shaun McGrandles, all in the name of charity. The daring adventure covered an impressive 534 kilometres, averaging 65 kilometres (or 41 miles) per day. Joe and Shaun, along with a dedicated group of fellow cyclists, collectively raised over £200,000 for the Marie Curie charity.

This remarkable journey began with a shared commitment to supporting Marie Curie, a charity known for its invaluable work in providing care and support for people living with terminal illnesses and their families. Joe McGuigan, whose sister battled cancer, holds a deep personal connection to the cause, making this epic cycling challenge all the more meaningful.

The 8-day cycling expedition took participants through the mesmerising landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring lush forests, breath-taking mountain views, and vibrant local communities. Along the way, Joe and his fellow cyclists had the opportunity to visit an orphanage and local schools, which became a profound highlight of the journey. The group's efforts to raise funds for Marie Curie have not only made an impact on healthcare but have also touched the lives of countless individuals and communities.

Joe McGuigan expressed his gratitude for the support and motivation he received throughout the journey, saying, "This journey was truly an experience of a lifetime. Riding alongside my friend Shaun and the amazing group of fellow cyclists, while contributing to such a great cause, has been both humbling and inspiring. Our visit to the orphanage and schools was a powerful reminder of the positive change we can bring to the lives of those in need. The memories and connections formed during this ride will stay with me forever."

Despite the gruelling physical demands of the journey, Joe McGuigan and his fellow cyclists remained committed to the cause and pushed through the challenging terrain. Their dedication led to an outstanding fundraising achievement of over £200,000 which will go directly to supporting Marie Curie's essential work in providing end-of-life care and support for individuals and families facing terminal illnesses.

Upon his return to the United Kingdom, Joe McGuigan displayed his unwavering commitment to helping others. Scotland faced the brunt of Storm Babet, which caused severe property damage in various areas. Joe quickly transitioned from his cycling adventure to actively assist policyholders in managing their property insurance claims. As the Director of Aspray Glasgow North and South, his experience and expertise in property insurance claims make him an invaluable asset to the community during these challenging times.

Marie Curie, the charity chosen by Joe McGuigan and his fellow cyclists, is dedicated to providing end-of-life care and support for people living with terminal illnesses and their families. The funds raised during this charity cycle will help Marie Curie in delivering vital services and support to those in need.

Joe McGuigan and his team's fundraising accomplishment serves as a testament to the power of individual commitment and collective effort in making a positive impact on society. Their journey from Vietnam to Cambodia, both physically demanding and emotionally rewarding, has not only enriched their lives but also contributed significantly to a noble cause.


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