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One Team cycle ride

BP employees play an active role in supporting the work of ParalympicsGB by taking part in the annual One Team cycle ride event, raising vital funds for the British Paralympic Association (BPA)
2019 One Team Cycle Ride participants on the starting line

In September 2019, a record number of 300-plus cyclists from BP came together as BP One Team Cycle Ride. Together they raised around £11,000 which, with contributions from BP's employee matching fund, resulted in a total close to £20,000.


The ride, now in its ninth year, is organized by a team of BP staff and offers three cycling routes (25km, 50km and 100km). This year they toured the picturesque and sometimes hilly roads near Dorking, Surrey.


Peter Mather, head of BP in the UK, said: “Congratulations to the 300-plus riders who took part in the BP One Cycle Ride and who raised much-needed funds for the BPA, a BP partner for over 11 years.

 

“Diversity and inclusion is an important part of the company's vision of breaking down barriers related to long-term illness, injury and disability,” he added. “The company's support, including that of employees, for the BPA is essential in providing opportunities for Paralympic athletes to achieve their potential through sport.”

 

“Diversity and inclusion is an important part of the company's vision of breaking down barriers related to long-term illness, injury and disability.”

Peter Mather, head of BP in the UK

 

Mike Sharrock, chief executive officer at the BPA, said: “The BP One Team Cycle Ride is a fantastic event that goes from strength to strength each year – the ride is now one of the largest fundraising events for the BPA annually. 


“In the lead-up to Tokyo 2020, ParalympicsGB will be activating our Impossible to Ignore campaign, which is all about harnessing the power and success of our team to improve the perception of disability in the UK.

 

“The support of BP’s employees is invaluable in helping us ensure our athletes are best prepared and able to perform in a way we know helps inspire change within society,” he added.


The 10th annual One Team Cycle Ride will take place during the Tokyo 2020 Games and hopes to engage more people than ever to ensure that all disabled people – just like the ParalympicsGB team – are impossible to ignore.