Franco achieves his goal of cycling 500 miles
09 June 2020
Last week I completed my 30th ride, having cycled a total of 500 miles in May for the NHS and I couldn’t be prouder.
I finished the month-long challenge in style (wearing a fancy dress costume with balloons attached, in case you’re wondering) and though tough, all the agony was worth it, because I’ve raised an amazing £2,165 for my local NHS trust. The money will go towards a new ‘wobble room’ - a place where hospital staff can go whenever they need a quick breather, amongst all this chaos.
Cycling isn’t all I do though.
During the day, I work in one of Carousel’s warehouses and together with my colleagues, I help serve critical industries through the fulfilment of parts and products. And it's because of this role, that other key workers – like those on the NHS frontline – have been on my mind during this crisis...
I first thought about supporting the Maidstone and Tonbridge Trust after the team did an amazing job when I underwent reconstructive knee surgery back in November and then again, after my Mum had Pneumonia in December. I couldn’t fault the care given and when the pandemic began, I was reminded again of the awesome teams, the great care and of course, the overstretched resources of that amazing team. Prompted again by their hard work fighting COVID-19, I made the decision to give something back.
But the challenge hasn’t only helped the NHS – it's also helped me a lot during the pandemic...
Working at Carousel has opened my eyes to all the different aspects of the logistics industry and it’s a journey that has, and continues to, keep pushing me forward to new exciting experiences. I’ve always loved being part of Team Carousel and the family feels that come with it – and particularly so during this pandemic.
As you would imagine, my job has changed quite a bit during the last few months. Most of my colleagues are working from home, so our once bustling Service Centre is now empty and eerily quiet. And it’s hard not to be constantly aware of the wider situation, despite the isolation, so the cycling has given me something to focus on.
Most days, drivers are coming into the warehouse from across Europe, and we’ve had to work hard at being proactive in dealing with the situation. Within the team itself, we keep our distance, while drivers are asked to remain in their cabs wherever possible and teams must keep a safe distance when managing a handover too. There’s also no equipment sharing and clean downs are an absolute must.
It’s a far cry from how things were when I started working at Carousel nearly 12 years ago, but I still maintain every day has been a fantastic adventure. It's opened my eyes to all the different aspects of the logistics industry and it’s a journey that has, and continues to, keep pushing me forward to new exciting experiences. I’ve always loved being part of Team Carousel and the family feels that come with it – and particularly so during this pandemic. Though we’re all so far apart, we’ve never all felt closer. We don't just move boxes we move mountains to make our clients are happy.
Working on the front line during a time like this isn’t always easy, but I've received a huge amount of support from colleagues across Europe for my cycling challenge and I was also touched by a recent video the teams put together to show their gratitude. I’m proud to have done my bit and so glad to have had the support of Carousel behind me.
So, if you’re a key worker – working in any industry – but particularly those on the front line – you rock! And you have my heartfelt thanks too.
Much love, Franco