A number of staff from 2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Vistra have taken up the challenge to cycle 4,031 miles, the distance from Bristol to the British Virgin Islands (BVI), in just 24 hours to raise money to help their colleagues in the BVI rebuild, following the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes.
Following multiple hurricanes in September, widespread damage was inflicted in the BVI, where Vistra has an office and employs 23 staff. Nearly all buildings in the BVI were destroyed or severely damaged, with significant damage to major infrastructure.
Last month the Vistra BVI office returned to normal operating hours and although there is still a long way to go, the firm said that it hopes that life in the BVI will be able to return to normal soon.
Riders have cycled for 10 to 30 minutes slots during a 24 hour period starting on 22 November, and have needed to cover 168 miles each hour to achieve the distance.
Vistra Jersey completed the challenge with one bike for 24 hours from 4pm on 22 November to 4pm on 23 November. Vistra Reading began cycling on 23 November from 9am to 5:30pm with two bikes. The Bristol and London offices then manned two bikes for a full 24 hour period between 4pm on 23 November and 4pm on 24 November. Vistra Amsterdam will conclude the challenge running four bikes for six hours today, which will make 24 hours cycled in total.
Vistra is hoping to raise at least £2,500 from this challenge to top up the £205,500 they have raised to date. All funds raised are going towards supporting their BVI staff and their families in the appropriate way that matches each individual.
Managing Director of Vistra Jersey, Jane Pearce, commented: “The response from Vistra staff wanting to support their colleagues in the BVI has been really overwhelming. We hope this will help further bolster the funds raised and will go some way towards helping our staff and their families rebuild.”
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