Four employees from Rixonway Kitchens have completed a gruelling 500 mile cycling challenge in France in just three days as part of the charity event ‘The Cahors Challenge’.

The team, Julian Dudley, Commercial Director, David Balfour, Financial Controller, Nick Greenall, Operations Director and Andy Prosser, Head of Merchant Sales, raised over £3,500 in the challenge.

Half of the money raised will go to British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association (BLESMA), a national charity providing support for limbless serving and ex-service men and women and their dependants and widows. It directly helps all service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs, eyes or sight during service. The other half of the money raised by the Rixonway team will be donated to the organiser’s chosen charities Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

“We’ve had tremendous support from all our colleagues, family and friends,” said Julian. “This is the second cycle challenge we have completed and we thoroughly enjoyed it despite it being challenging at times. Last year we completed The Irish Challenge in heavy rain and strong winds so it was a nice change to be cycling in glorious sunshine this time.”

The challenge was conducted in a relay style with just one of the four members cycling for an hour at a time and the route took the cyclists through Brittany into Normandy and over the Loire into the Dordogne.

The Cahors Challenge organisers are expected to have raised a £250,000 this year from the 83 teams that took part. Bringing the total raised since its launch in 1996 to over £3million for charity. Julian Dudley said: “The work that BLEMSA carries out and the support they provide for our servicemen and ex-servicemen is invaluable. We worked with various disability associations including the Royal National Institute of Blind People to create our Ultima kitchen range for the less abled and supporting BLESMA continues our commitment in this area.”

This is the latest in a string of charity challenges completed by Dewsbury-based Rixonway Kitchens. The foursome completed a similar cycling challenge in Ireland last year which raised over £6,000 for Lincolnshire-based Lindsey Lodge Hospice as well as the main charities for this year’s cycle. Last year volunteers from the company also swam 10,000 metres and rose over £1,500 in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Swimathon. Rixonway also worked with contractor Mears to jointly donate £500 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital chosen by the resident receiving the 500th kitchen installation in a refurbishment programme.