Drift Cycle the Isle of Wight for Beloved Colleague
Drift IT plan to cycle 64.6 miles around the Isle of Wight in memory of their friend and valued colleague who died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in June.
The cycle event that is raising money for Cash for Kids, will take place on Friday 21st August and involves 11 Drift IT employees. It was originally planned to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the company however in June Drift IT employee and friend Lewis Colbourne, 34, unexpectedly passed away from a brain hemorrhage. Lewis was a big influence and major part of the Drift IT team heading up the Audio Visual division. As Lewis was an avid cyclist it was decided that the ride will now take place in his honour.
Managing Director Peter Morgan said: ‘Lewis was the longest serving member of the team and without doubt helped make Drift what it is today. He will be so very sorely missed by everybody who knew him, both personally and professionally. Honouring him on this ride felt the right thing to do as Lewis was originally taking part in this event and as a keen cyclist himself was helping us with our preparations and training. As a personal close friend of over 24 years his loss has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to deal with. We know he would be so proud of the boys taking part in the event and they have been inspired by him to get on their bikes and get out there.’
Drift IT originally decided to fundraise for the charity Cash for Kids for their 10 year anniversary challenge as they primarily work in Infant and Junior schools providing IT support with the ethos of facilitating teaching and learning by ensuring IT equipment is ready to use, giving children access to the latest technologies and helping schools plan for the future.
So far the fundraising for Cash for Kids has raised over £2,400.00 with donations and tributes still coming in.
Lewis’ fiancée Joesephine Coney said: ‘Lewis was known best for the profound love, kindness and generosity that he brought into our lives. He always gave up his time to help others and was passionate about his career in IT working with children in education, where he thrived making a positive difference to children’s lives and their learning experiences. In his spare time, his love and enthusiasm for cycling kept him fit and healthy and led him on many epic bike rides. He would be very proud of his friends and colleagues for taking to the pedals in his honour for such a fantastic cause.
If you would like to donate any money to the Drift IT charity cycle please visit their fundraising page iowcycle.everydayhero.com/uk/drift-it-ltd