The Channel Islands’ only locally owned telecoms operator has donated ten new JT Travel Buddy phones. These are a lightweight quad-band phone, with SIM cards. The phones will help coordinate the 53 fundraising cyclists. These cyclists have the option to ride 60, 80 or 100 miles each day over the six-day challenge, which began on Saturday.
JT is supporting the Guernsey charity Only Fools and Donkeys’ latest fundraising endeavour, ‘Mule Loire’. This is a cycle ride through the vineyards of France from Vannes to Château Chambord, just outside Orléans.
JT has supported the charities’ previous cycles in 2016 and 2014 which collectively raised £74,000. This was for Guernsey charities for children and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Previous recipients have included Le Rondin for their Garden of Remembrance. The Guernsey Sports Association for the Disabled to cover their team travel costs to the annual Bath and West Games has also received funding. And finally, Active to restore and maintain their hydro pool and fund their Christmas lunch for 140 people. Recently, it has funded the installation of a professional standard kitchen in The Village at Le Murier School.
Mike Marshall, co-founder of Only Fools and Donkeys said: “Once again, we’re grateful to JT for their practical support. I remember how important the phones were in 2016. This being our biggest ride to date. They will be invaluable as we organise more than 50 cyclists. Each cyclist riding different distances over six days covering a total of 280 miles, supported by a team of ten in five vehicles.”
Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director of JT Guernsey said: “JT is delighted to be able to support another Mule ride. I hope these JT Travel Buddy phones help ensure everyone gets safely from A to B through a beautiful part of France. ‘Chapeau’ to everyone taking part.”
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