Benevolent Bike Ride in Memory of Dan Townsend

The Benevolent team is incredibly pleased to announce that the generous group of peloton riders that participated in the bike ride in memory of Dan Townsend raised the fantastic amount of £13K.
A total of 30 riders signed up to join the challenge’s organisers Andrew Shaw, Group Wine Buying Director at Conviviality Plc, and Philp Tuck MW, Wine Director at Hatch Mansfield, who conceived the ride to celebrate The Benevolent’s late Trustee Dan Townsend.

The intrepid riders gathered in the early morning sunshine on Sunday 13thAugust at Ridgeview Wine Estate, nestled at the foot of the South Downs, and were provided with a welcome breakfast in glorious surroundings. The riders then set off to face the 100 km ride towards London. After climbing the highest point in Surrey, Leith Hill the riders had refreshments kindly hosted by The Benevolent’s Trustee Andrew Reed at Denbies Wine Estate. The challenging route then took them up Box Hill before reaching Treasury Wine Estates‘ HQ in Twickenham for well-deserved post-ride BBQ and drinks reception generously provided by TWE.

The group was welcomed at their arrival in Twickenham by Dan’s wife, Mel Townsend and his daughter Rose together with a wonderful crowd of friends and family members.
The fantastic total raised so far is in excess of £13,000. Donations are still possible via the bike ride’s JustGiving site

Heartfelt thanks must be extended to Andrew Shaw and Philip Tuck MW for conceiving and organising the Bike Ride, to all the riders who participated, to Treasury Wine Estates for hosting the BBQ and post-ride refreshments, to Ridgeview Wine Estates for hosting the send-off and to Andrew Reed for hosting the feeding station at Denbies.

David Cox, Chief Executive of The Benevolent commented: “This was yet another example of how this wonderful trade comes together as a true community in order to help others. I would like to thank everyone involved but especially all the incredibly generous donors. You have made a real difference”.

Andrew Shaw, Group Wine Buying Director at Conviviality PLC: “‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the levels of trade support and generosity for the Bike Ride in memory of Dan. Speaking on behalf of all involved I would like to thank all the organisers, hosts, sponsors, riders, supporters and to the team at the Benevolent for what was a brilliant day out in the saddle to commemorate Dan. So many great characters from the trade joined us in a day in the sunshine full of comradery, humour, team-spirit, and a healthy dose of hard-graft – a very fitting tribute to great man.”