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Member takes on 100km cycle challenge to support the Ben Fund!

Andy Clarke, a former beneficiary, cycles an eye-watering 100km to raise money for the Ben Fund which supported his family at a critical time.
Andy Clarke

This month, ICE member Andy Clarke embarked upon the challenge of cycling 100km to raise awareness and funds for the Ben Fund.  


Andy has been braving the elements, training for this mammoth task throughout the winter and into spring, completing his ride on what was the hottest weekend of 2021 to date - raising more than £700 via his Just Giving page.   


Prior to his cycling challenge, Andy had this to say: 


“From time to time throughout our lives we may find ourselves in situations we would not expect, some for better and some for worse.  


April 2020 amongst the Covid-19 pandemic was a very tough time for myself and my family especially with a newborn baby. The ICE Ben Fund provided support to me and helped me through what was a very difficult and uncertain time; it was so reassuring to speak with people that could help.  


The ICE Ben Fund has a range of support services available for ICE members and their families. The help the Ben Fund gave me at a critical time in my life has inspired me to raise awareness of the ICE Ben Fund and what they do as a charity as well as giving something back. 


My inspiration for this charity cycle fundraiser is to highlight the amazing work which the Ben Fund does in supporting ICE members around the UK and overseas. To do this I will be cycling 100km in June 2021.” 


Following his bike ride, Andy commented that while he did not enjoy the uphill parts of the journey, the countryside had spurred him on. His brilliant sense of humour shone through, maintaining that “As a novice cyclist, I consider this a near death experience”. 

Andy Clarke Bike Ride Map

Andy added: “I’d like to thank all of my sponsors - friends, family, colleagues past and present. I'd like to thank everyone for their moral support and donations and with particular mention to the M42 junction 6 improvement project team consisting of Highway England, Skanska, Mott MacDonald, Arcadis and colleagues from WSP. I also would like to thank past colleagues from HS2, Arup and Colas for their kind support and donations” 


We would like to congratulate Andy on his spectacular achievement, and thank him, along with all of the people who have donated to his cause – we believe a well-earned rest is in order! 


Whether you are experiencing one of life’s challenges and need support with financesmental health or your job search, or are simply looking to build your personal resilience, the Ben Fund has a service that you can benefit from.  


Take a look around our website to see what we can do for you.