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Vacherin sets off on 600-mile bike ride for charity

Members of London’s premier catering provider, Vacherin, are set to embark on a 665-mile cycle ride to return to ‘the home of Vacherin’ in September 2018.  

The journey, which will start at Vacherin’s headquarters in Hatton Garden, London, on Saturday 8th September, will finish on the Swiss French border, at the Museum of Vacherin in the Jura region on Friday 14th September. The arrival to the Jura region coincides with the release of the first Vacherin cheese of the season.

As part of the ‘Le Tour De Vacherin’, Vacherin is hoping to raise £15,000 for its chosen charity, Luminary Bakery, which Vacherin has been supporting for over a year. A social enterprise based in east London, Luminary Bakery offers opportunities for women who have experienced social or economic disadvantage to build their skills and improve their futures.

Over the seven days, a group of nine Vacherin colleagues will average almost 100 miles per day. The team taking part in the challenge includes; Phil Roker, Owner – Managing Director, Simon MacFarlane, Director and Head of Operations, Tom Rule, Director – Operations, Ula Bardovskaja, General Manager, Paul Matthews, Head Chef, Lewis Linley, Sous Chef, Simon William Smith, General Manager, Lawrence Newsham, Head Chef and Hamish Thorn, Catering Manager.

The ride consists of seven stages, including stops in Brittany, Loire and Burgundy, and is going to be a demanding challenge for those involved – facing mountainous terrain and strenuous mile-targets.To assist with the cycle, professional cycle tour company, Velocamp, will be coordinating and supporting the tour.

The charity adventure takes place just months after the release of the annual ‘Vacherin Cares’ report, listing the company’s continuous efforts to maintain their impressive CSR and sustainability results. The full report can be viewed here.

Vacherin has already raised over a third of its £15,000 donation target. If you’d like to donate to the cause and pledge your support to the team, please visit the fundraising page here:


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