BESPOKE SERVICE (L-r) Gary Scott, Jamie Harrison, Ben Potts, Andrew Osborne, Colin Brewer and Simon Kilshaw prepare for their 50-mile challenge

CONSTRUCTION company Osborne’s are taking part in a Chairman’s Cycle Challenge to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The riders undertook sprints of 25, 50 or 75 miles through Sussex and the South Downs and have raised £9,500 for the charity.

The company was founded 50 years ago by Geoffrey Osborne and has grown to become one of the country’s leading construction companies.

Chairman Andrew Osborne said: “We see our 50th birthday as the perfect occasion to give something back and leave a legacy for the communities within which we work.”

Demelza has two hospices, in Sittingbourne and Eltham, and also supports families in Kent, East Sussex and south-east London.

It is reliant on fundraising and donations to raise £10.5million needed every year to provide care to seriously ill children and their families.

Demelza’s Head of Fundraising Claire Ellis-Waghorn said: “We are delighted at the amount raised by Osborne employees for Demelza – particularly as they took up this challenge on a nasty day. Our corporate supporters are vitally important to the work we do with our families.”

For more information, visit www.demelza.org.uk. To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com