Workers and customers of Crawley based company Straumann UK have raised £25,000 by cycling rom the firm’s Swiss headquarters.
The 30-strong team endured the 600 mile ride in six days from Basel in Switzerland through France and then sailed by ferry to Dover.
They finished on Tuesday (September 24) cycling down Gatwick Road to the Crawley headquarters of the dentistry equipment manufacturer at Pegasus Place.
The first two days were the toughest and included the Col du Ballon d-Alsace, which was officially the first Tour de France mountain climb in 1905. It has been ridden on the Tour as recently as 2005.
The team has raised more than £25,000 for its charities Bridge2Aid, which provides primary dental care and education to millions of people in the developing world and the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).
Managing director of Straumann UK Steve Booth who led the team said: “The past six days has been a truly inspirational journey. I am extremely proud of everyone who took part and grateful to those who donated for these very worthwhile causes.”
Owner of Manan Ltd Sue Karran, who also took part, added: “This event tested all of us mentally and physically and for me as novice cyclist it proved that the power of teamwork is unbelievable.
“I made life long friends with my team mates over the six days and their encouragement and help along with our laughter and a few tears I will never forget.”
For more information or to give a donation visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Straumann