Toyota GB employee completes gruelling cycle in memory of colleague with MND
A fundraiser from Toyota GB has raised more than £17,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after tackling a 24 hour cycle on a static bike at Toyota’s headquarters.
Inspired by his late colleague Rachel Rollason, who died from MND earlier this year, Greg Culshaw emulated Rachel’s determination of “no limitology” in his gruelling challenge.
Alongside him, Paralympian, Jody Cundy and Toyota’s President and Managing Director, Agustin Martin, both took turns to ride with him in stages. Greg said it had been a difficult challenge.
“This has been a brutal challenge, but at the same time I’ve been focused on completing it for Rachel and the MND Association. The idea started in a conversation with Rachel and in her last text message to me, she told me how proud she was of me for taking it on. She continues to inspire me and in turn, made me proud of her… it’s fair to say that she made a lasting impression on me. Her boundless energy and devotion to getting things done were inspiring. She operated on ‘no limitology’ before I had even heard the phrase.”
Toyota (GB) is halfway through a three-year partnership with the MND Association and has so far raised more than £78,000 for the Association, which focuses on improving access to MND care, funding research and campaigning on behalf of the MND community.
Mark Chapman, Director of Finance at the MND Association, commented:
“Greg’s challenge is particularly poignant because he’s doing it in memory of his colleague Rachel. It’s brilliant to see so many staff members from Toyota rally behind him to honour her, knowing that every penny raised will make a huge difference to people living with and affected by MND.
Last year we provided £1.4 million of support grants for 2,479 people living with the disease. The grants provided by the MND Association have helped people living with MND to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life, and we couldn’t do this without partnerships with companies like Toyota.”
To date, Greg has raised over £17,000 through his JustGiving page. This total will be matched by Toyota.