Yorkshire businessmen Chris Brown MBE and Chris I’Anson have raised over £6,000 by cycling the length of New Zealand for mental health charity Claro Enterprises and Parkinson’s UK.
Baldersby farmer Chris Brown MBE and Chris I’Anson, Managing Director of Masham-based farm feeds business I’Anson Bros Limited, cycled for 19 consecutive days supported by campervan driver Paul Smith. The team completed their ride at midday on 16 February, reaching the southernmost tip of New Zealand at Bluff having started at the top of the north island at Cape Reinga. They covered over 2,000km and 60,000 feet of ascent, which is over twice the height of Everest.
The money was raised for Claro Enterprises, which helps improve the quality of life and employment prospects for people with mental health problems, and Parkinson’s UK, which supports people living with a progressive neurological condition and funds research into it.
In an extra boost to the team, Yorkshire-based Claro Enterprises was awarded the prestigious Duke of York Community Initiative Award during the duo’s cycle ride. This is granted to Yorkshire companies which are valuable to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.
Chris I’Anson commented on the trip: “This ride has been extremely important in raising money for the two charities, which is making a difference in both promoting and supporting research opportunities. The fact that Claro Enterprises has been awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative Award is a testament to the hard work their members of staff do on a day to day basis.”
Chris Brown MBE said: “Reaching Bluff on the final day and celebrating with fish and chips was a great way to end the trip. There were many challenges along the way including tropical storms, landslides and tyre punctures! We can’t thank everyone enough for their support and generosity to Claro Enterprises and Parkinson’s UK.”