Macmillan charity cycle challenge – Saint-Gobain 350th Anniversary

A 10-year-old girl has shown drive and ambition beyond her years – and Saint-Gobain is reaping the rewards of her resourcefulness.


MacMillan charity - Charlotte and GraceProud mum, and Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK Marketing Communications Co-ordinator, Charlie McShane, couldn’t be more proud of her daughter Grace for helping to organise a 350 anniversary static bike ride at Jerome Primary School in Norton Canes, Staffordshire.

“Colleagues at Saint-Gobain Abrasives in Stafford, Raleigh Hall and Staverton who couldn’t take part in this year’s 350 bike ride decided to compete on static bikes to raise funds for Macmillan,” explained Charlie.

“I was getting ready to go to work in my leggings and sweatband and my daughter Grace asked why I was dressed differently. I explained what we were doing. Imagine my surprise when I received a call from her head teacher later that week asking how the school could help. Grace had told her teachers and wanted to help raise funds. In the end, we delivered two exercise bikes to the school so they could take part in a challenge of their own – it raised £500 for Macmillan.

“It was a proud moment for me as a mother – I was so delighted to see Grace show initiative,” Charlie added. “It really showed strength of character and independent thinking on her part.”

One of Grace’s friends Josh Pymm was so inspired by Grace’s fundraising initiative that he suggested holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on the same day as the bike challenge – this helped to raise a further £900.

Assistant Head teacher Becky Ball described the event as a “great success”.

She said: “It proved to be a fantastic teambuilding experience for the children.”