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Countryside staff and guests recently donned their cycling gear and took to the roads to cycle 70 miles touring Countryside’s new and existing developments across Essex to raise money for the Essex Air Ambulance and Teenage Cancer Trust. Cycling in memory of colleague Paul Hickey, the annual ‘Countryside Tour de Sites’ has so far raised £7,335. Participation doubled from the previous year, with 96 cyclists taking up the challenge on 25th June.

Countryside’s ‘Tour de Sites’ cycle challenge goes the extra mile for charity

Supported by Cycles UK, who assisted the event throughout the day, the Countryside team led by New Homes & Communities Chief Executive, Graham Cherry, set off early from the new Beaulieu development in Chelmsford. Countryside employees, sub-contractors, consultants and suppliers cycled through the Essex countryside and passed many of Countryside’s new and forthcoming developments including St Luke’s Park in Runwell and Little Hollows near Chignal Smealey.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside’s New Homes & Communities division comments on the successful day: “This year’s ‘Tour de Sites’ was particularly special to everyone at Countryside as it was in memory of our much loved colleague, Paul Hickey. The cycle was a huge success with double the amount of participants and funds raised. A huge thank you goes to our dedicated team who trained hard for the event and as a result have raised vital funds to support Essex Air Ambulance and Teenage Cancer Trust.”

All of the cyclists started and finished the tour at Beaulieu, Countryside’s landmark development with joint venture partners L&Q, which is set to transform Chelmsford by providing up to 3,600 homes along with a range of community facilities and schools. The team then enjoyed a much deserved BBQ with friends and family.

Envisaged as a sustainable modern urban extension for Chelmsford, Beaulieu will comprise a mix of traditional and contemporary new homes to help meet the needs of the City’s growing population. The first collection of new homes at Beaulieu Heath includes three to five bedroom homes featuring striking colonial style architecture. Located adjacent to open parkland, yet close to the neighbourhood centre and proposed new schools, these exciting new homes include individually designed kitchens, open-plan living and dining areas, integrated appliances and landscaped front gardens. Some also feature private roof terraces, and many also include a single or double garage.

Beaulieu Chase, the second collection of new houses at Beaulieu, comprises 168 contemporary two to five bedroom family homes and 16 stylish one and two bedroom apartments, set within a well-thought out landscaped area.

The residential areas at Beaulieu will be supported by first class amenities that will allow the new neighbourhoods to grow and flourish. A wide range of facilities will be provided including two new primary schools and a secondary school, community, health, sport and retail amenities together with an extensive network of parkland, cycleways, footpaths and green open spaces, plus new road and rail transport connections – all adding up to ensure that Beaulieu is a place that people are proud to call home.

For more information on Beaulieu, and to register your interest in the new homes being built, visit www.beaulieu.uk.com.

To donate to Essex Air Ambulance and Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit www.essexairambulance.uk.com and www.teenagecancertrust.org


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