A TEAM from a Redditch firm have smashed their fundraising target, reaching nearly £8,000 after a gruelling three-day bike ride.

Oakland International co-founder and group CEO Dean Attwell and his sons Luke and Samuel, nephew Dale Attwell of Attwell Farm Park, and Oakland International chief operating officer Lee Whiting took part in the huge challenge from Exeter to Shrewley.

The ride was in aid of children’s charity Molly Olly’s which supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families helping with their emotional wellbeing.

Samuel Attwell said: “Just like last year we thoroughly enjoyed supporting an important cause. We didn’t think the scenery could get much better than last year but it sure did surprise us.

“There was the aspect of teamwork throughout the entirety of the ride that kept everyone smiling and motivated. The charity and trustees alike were extremely pleased with the money raised knowing what a difference it will make.

“A message for anyone thinking of doing it next year. It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. The bonds formed and experiences you gain are priceless and you are doing your bit for others and creating long lasting memories.”

The charity fulfils wishes by providing gifts to individual children, donating their therapeutic toy ‘Olly the Brave’ and his story books as well as donating and supporting bespoke projects.

Molly Olly’s Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Molly Ollys are extremely grateful to all the riders who took part and helped to make the event such a success on many levels, especially in helping to make a difference to the children that need our support.”

Oakland International chief operating officer Lee Whiting: “On several occasions during the trip, we were reminded of just why we were doing the ride and of the families being helped, which included some members of the cyclists participating in the event who have been through challenges and were supported by Molly Olly’s.”