Volkswagen business supports charity cyclists

A Cambridgeshire van centre has confirmed its commitment to a team of charity cyclists who are attempting a 270 mile ride in 36 hours for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Vindis Van Centre is supplying Sean Campbell, from Huntingdon, with a Volkswagen Transporter to support a coast to coast cycling challenge, helping to raise over £4,000 for charity.

Sean will be joined by team members and wife; Ruth Campbell, Damian Murray, John Turner and Michael Cole, to help raise awareness of heart disease and support Sean’s three-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, who suffers with heart difficulties.

In 2009 Sean and his team completed the Three Peaks Challenge raising £4,500 for Heartlink, a charity that supported Sean’s daughter when she was critically ill in 2008.

Sean said: “This year we were told that despite Caitlyn’s past treatments had been a great success, her former heart attacks had left marks which means she is likely to undergo further heart operations in the future.

“As a team we all felt we needed to take on another tough challenge to continue to raise awareness of heart disease.

This year’s challenge will see the team attempt a coast to coast ride from Newcastle to Whitehaven and back again in under 36 hours.

 “Vindis Van Centre kindly supported our last charity challenge and we are very grateful for their ongoing support. The Volkswagen van is going to be our life line, transporting the bikes, carrying vital spare parts and also act as a rescue vehicle, should we encounter any issues along the ride.”

 “The coast to coast ride will take place on 17th September. It will be tough for us all and we are frantically fitting in as much training as we can,” concluded Sean.

Head of business at Vindis Van Centre St Ives, Shane Fenwick said: “We’re pleased to be able to support Sean and his team on this impressive challenge for such a worthwhile cause.

“We would like to wish them the best of luck and hope they will reach their charity goal.”  

BHF fundraising manager, Nigel Cole, said: “I am delighted that Vindis Van Centre is supporting Sean and his colleagues. It will be a very tough challenge which will be made a bit easier with the support vehicle.

“The BHF works hard to make heart and circulatory disease a thing of the past but it couldn’t do it without the help of people like Sean.”

To support Sean and his team donations can be received at