Comedian Harry Enfield joined cyclists from Malt The Brewery for a beer after successfully completing the Grand Canal Challenge on Sunday June 26.
Team Malt, from the brewery in Prestwood , Buckinghamshire, took part in the inaugural event to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.
And the 15-strong team raised 'loadsamoney' completing a 26.5 mile cycle and netting £5,350 for the charity.
“We are just astounded at the generosity of local people” said Nick Watson, founder of Malt The Brewery and challenge participant. “We set a target of £2,000, so to raise over £5,000 for such a good cause feels great. It’s clear that these hospitals are very important and have positively touched the lives of many of us.”
The team was made up of four staff members and 11 brewery club members, know as ‘Maltsters’.
Together they galvanized local people and raised money through a mixture of donations, bake sales, sweepstakes and sponsorship.
"We have lots of cyclists visiting the brewery at the weekend," said Jenny Watson, co-founder of Malt The Brewery. "Plus the challenge involved four ale tasting stations along the canal route and a beer festival at the end.
"So one of the aims for Team Malt was staying on their bikes and out of the canal."
Only one participant fell in, but they went on to finish first.
After 26.5 miles the finishing line was at The Old Orchard, in Harefield with a winners BBQ and beer festival.
"Real ale tastes even better when you’ve worked hard for it," said Nick.
Dan Redfern, Landlord at the Old Orchard and the man behind the idea for the event said: "It was great having Team Malt take part, their involvement and enthusiasm was wonderful, and they clearly had a lot of fun."
146 people took part in the event and together raised more than £30,000 for the charity.
Team Malt comprised Nick Watson, Dave Yorston, Chris Webb, Frank Daugherty, Sunil Parekh, Steve Markham, Graham Auld, Jason Lamont, Graham Gray, Rob Jaycocks, Phill Wood, Keith Patton, Peter Hoade and Colin Hunt.
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