The bright green jersey which Adapt Limited kindly donated to CLIC Sargent is signed by champion Danish cyclist Sebastian Lander, winner of the sprints classification in the 2014 Tour of Britain.
Adapt Limited, which provides organisation development through training and learning services, acquired the jersey at the Willis Rooftop Garden Party organised by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
Guests at the prestigious event were said to have hushed as Adapt Limited’s own Leonard Potgieter went on to win the famed green jersey by achieving the fastest time on an exercise bike.
Describing the impromptu competition, Mr Potgieter said: “Once I knew I was second on the leader board, I decided to give it a final attempt and was surprised to end up with the fastest time.”
The signed jersey will be auctioned live on CLIC Sargent’s eBay site, with bidding commencing on the first day of the Tour of Britain on 6 September and ending a week later on 13 September, marking the end of the tour.
Mr Potgieter added: “I’m thrilled to have won the jersey and the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for children and young people with cancer.”
Sharon Rich, managing director of Adapt Limited, added: “We’re encouraging anyone who wishes to own a piece of cycling history to place their bids generously in support of a charity which provided 70 families with vital support in Suffolk alone last year.”
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
The tour coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during which CLIC Sargent is challenging supporters to raise £170; the amount of a grant given to each family when their child is diagnosed with cancer.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “When a child is being treated for cancer, families will often face extra costs, from parking and petrol to food and clothing.”