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Tour D'Aviva begins

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6:37am 24th May 2011

After months of training, a team of 13 Aviva UK leadership team members, including CEO Mark Hodges, will be setting off on their 200 mile charity bike ride between the company's offices in York and Norwich.

Between 24 and 26 May 2011, the 10 men and three women aim to complete the first Tour d'Aviva challenge to raise vital funds for three worthy causes.

The money raised will be shared between the company's UK Street to School partner Railway Children; and employee-nominated regional charities Martin House and Priscilla Bacon Lodge, located near Aviva's life and general insurance businesses in York and Norwich.

Aviva has pledged to match up to £50,000 of funds raised.

Members of the Aviva UK leadership team are gearing up to raise vital funds for three worthy causes through a charity bike ride between its offices in York and Norwich.

From 24 to 26 May 2011, a team of 13 - including Aviva's UK CEO Mark Hodges - will cycle nearly 200 miles in the first Tour d'Aviva challenge.

The money raised will be shared between the company's UK Street to School partner - Railway Children - and employee-nominated regional charities, Martin House and Priscilla Bacon Lodge*, located near Aviva's life and general insurance businesses in York and Norwich.

 Aviva has pledged to match up to £50,000 of funds raised. Railway Children is a leading UK and international charity which aims to help vulnerable young people living alone and at risk on the streets.

It has been Aviva's official partner charity since November 2009. During this time Aviva and its employees have donated in the region of £500,000 to the organisation. Aviva actively encourages its employees to get involved with volunteering and fundraising activities through its corporate responsibility programme.

All members of staff are given three days of paid leave each year to take part in community, charity and environmental activities. In 2010 Aviva workers spent 24,000 hours volunteering on important projects around the UK.

Mark Hodges, CEO, Aviva UK, says:

"Corporate responsibility is hugely important at Aviva, so this year we wanted to step up to the mark quite literally and take on a task that would be both physically and mentally demanding. 

"Our chosen charities do some amazing work across the UK and in Yorkshire and Norwich, so we're determined to raise as much money as possible for these three great causes. Any donations will be very gratefully received and we're all looking forward to the challenge."

Andy McCullough, National Strategy and Policy Adviser at Railway Children says:

"Every pound raised by this latest act of support by Aviva is greatly appreciated by Railway Children and crucially will help provide us with the specialist resources we need to reach in time vulnerable children who run away and ensure they are able to access services that meet their complex needs."

Charitable donations can be made to via the Tour d'Aviva sponsorship page here

The full Tour d'Aviva team comprises: 

Mark Hodges: CEO, Aviva UK

Toby Strauss: CEO, Aviva, UK Life

David McMillan: CEO, Aviva, UK GI

Alison Wilford: Shared Services Director, Aviva UK

Steve Treloar: Retail Director, Aviva, UK GI

Rupert McNeill: HR Director, Aviva UK

Craig Thornton: Chief Risk Officer, Aviva UK

Axel Schmidt: Chief Underwriting Officer, Aviva UK

Rob Briggs: Group HR Director; Aviva UK

Claire Chambers: Business Director to Mark Hodges, CEO, Aviva UK

April Croney: PA to Andrew Moss, Chief Executive, Aviva

Jason Windsor: Group Strategy Director, Aviva UK

Roger Dix: Chief Risk Officer, Aviva, UK Life.

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