Ben Sumner – Gearing up for a triumphant season

Ben_in_race_modeAs huge cycling fans, Gener8 Finance are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring one of the country’s leading Cyclo-Cross riders, Ben Sumner for the 2015/16 season.

Cyclo-Cross is already extremely popular in Europe, as both a participation and spectator sport, and is rapidly gaining popularity in this country. It is very different to traditional road and track racing, and involves riding over a variety of terrains, including fields and tracks, with competitors having to dismount and carry their bikes over obstacles.

Oxfordshire-based Ben (pictured right), 21, is the reigning under 23 Trophy Series champion, a title he also won in 2014. In addition, he won his third consecutive bronze medal in the under-23 category at the British National Cyclo-Cross Championships in 2015.

Ben’s Under-23 category success was also enough to see him come 3rd in the National Trophy Elite Men’s Series – we are confident that he is heading for greatness, and at Gener8 we are proud to be supporting him all the way.

Ben rides for the Beeline Bicycles Cyclo-Cross team, which is owned by Beeline Bicycles, Oxford’s leading cycle retailer (www.beelinebicycles.co.uk). The Beeline team is a huge supporter of up-and-coming cyclists in the U.K. and has a stable of talented young riders.

Beeline_Homepage_logo_x1sizeThe cycling season begins again in October, and will see Ben compete in the Round 1 of the National Trophy series in Southampton, on the 11th. His main goal this year is to focus on the National Trophy, and win the yellow jersey!

Pre-season training is going well, with Ben recently competing in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League (www.easterncross.org.uk/race15-16-1.htm) at Basildon Sporting Village in Essex, which he won comfortably, beating the 2nd placed rider by a full 1 minute 20 seconds!

“For the first race back I was just testing my legs really. I’m going to be focusing on the National Trophy this season, and aiming for that yellow jersey. I don’t think that’s an unrealistic expectation.” (Ben Sumner)

Gener8 will be following Ben’s progress as he continues to compete across the UK and Europe, and we will be sharing his journey with you.

You can follow Ben & Beeline at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bensumner  https://twitter.com/beelinebicycles

FRP Advisory, Brentwood, raise more than £14.5k for charity

The Brentwood office of FRP Advisory, recently held its biggest-ever fundraising campaign – a charity triathlon, inviting members of the business community to take part.

The event, which attracted over 140 competitors, comprised of a 400m open-water swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

p1Gener8 Finance, who co-sponsored the event, put in a team and came in a creditable 9th out of 38.

“It was great to be able to support our friends at FRP Advisory in raising money for such a wonderful cause. We are a sporty bunch at Gener8 generally and so it was a pleasure to be able to enjoy some good-natured competition in great company. I was also pleasantly surprised at our team’s finishing position!” Paul Stokes. Gener8 Finance Managing Director.

The event itself was a huge success “The response was phenomenal, we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Glyn Mummery of FRP: “We set ourselves a target of raising £10,000 for Little Havens Childrens Hospice and thanks to the support of the business community and sponsors, which included Gener8 Finance Ltd, we’ve exceeded that target, reaching £14,581.09 so far.”

Our aim now is to make it a permanent fixture in the corporate calendar and from the feedback we’ve had, we know it will be bigger and better next year.”

Pictured right, the Little Havens resident Pooh Bear holds the cheque presented
IMG_3737 (2)by FRP Advisory. Little Havens will use the money to provide respite breaks, symptom control and end-of-life care to youngsters not expected to reach adulthood because of a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. www.havenshospices.org.uk .

The Gener8 team would like to congratulate FRP Advisory on organising such an enjoyable event, and to thank Little Havens Hospice for the fantastic work that they do.

Cycling for SeeSaw

On Sunday 14th June David and Paul took on a 140km ride in the Velothon Wales race.

Alongside, 15,000 other riders, Dave and Paul began their journey at the heart of Cardiff and embarked on a road cycle route that showed them some of Wales’ most breath-taking scenery.

seesawAs a congratulations to both on their efforts, and as a ‘well done’, Gener8 have donated £500 each to SeeSaw, a local Oxford charity.

SeeSaw provides vital support to hundreds of children yearly, who are bereaved, or are in the unfortunate process of being bereaved. SeeSaw is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, and has to date, supported over 4,300 children and young people in Oxfordshire.

When meeting the team, Gener8 were able to see first-hand how SeeSaw help children, including learning more about the services they provide. Services included; grief support for younger family members, specialist support for the wider family, and group meets for children who have suffered loss.doogood

We were introduced to ‘Do Good’, a friendly golden retriever, and a key member of the SeeSaw team, who plays and supports the young children that they help. The team at SeeSaw, including Kathy Moore pictured right, along with Do Good, are often faced with difficult situations that families look to them for support. The team have over 15 years’ experience of helping young children in those critical moments that could have a positive effect on a child’s life now, and in the future.

As a registered charity, SeeSaw relies on its own fundraising for over 85% of its grief support costs. The cost of running the service is approximately £300,000 a year for which they depend on widespread support from individuals, local communities, businesses and trusts.

doogood1To mark their 15th anniversary, Seesaw have launched a 15th Anniversary Appeal where people can donate on-line towards the charity’s vital work.  Please click here to help bereaved children in Oxfordshire.

Gener8 support a variety of charities in Oxfordshire as part of its commitment and promise to support local communities and business, and are really pleased that SeeSaw is one of the local charities that it could help.