Snows Group Supports PLANETS Charity in the LP24 Challenge: London – Paris in 24 Hours

In the last weekend of June 2016, a team from the PLANETS charity – which is dedicated to defeating Pancreas, Liver, and NeuroEndocrine Tumours (NETs) – took on a huge challenge and cycled from London to Paris, with the aim of fundraising £25,000 for world-class care, treatment, research, and education at Southampton General Hospital.

Keen to play its part in the PLANETS “biggest ever fundraiser”, Snows Group donated two light commercial vehicles for the cause, in order to help transport crucial supplies, such as water, into France.

PLANETS is comprised of Team Lead, Consultant Surgeon MR Neil Pearce DM FRCS; consultant doctors; and nurses, and the charity hopes that by 2020 University Hospital Southampton will be a leading UK centre for the management of these cancers. This includes the advancement of research, purchasing vital equipment, supporting patients and families, and more. The LP24 Challenge aimed to raise funds to keep a Mobetron running, a piece of equipment used to deliver radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. The charity campaigns to raise awareness and to ultimately eradicate these types of tumour once and for all. The team works tirelessly on its mission, and Snows Group is proud to support such a worthy cause.

On Thursday 23rd June, Snows Group’s Assistant Marketing Manager Lauren Watson met PLANETS representatives at the Group head office, where the Southampton Snows Volvo and Snows SEAT dealerships are based in Second Avenue. The keys to the vans were handed over, but not before a quick photo.


Snows Group’s Lauren Watson hands the keys to the van over to PLANETS

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June were huge days for PLANETS, as five patients and twenty-one doctors each cycled 300km to Paris within 24 hours, supported by family and friends throughout. They were joined by a team of drivers – Iain Wilson, Layla Stephens (co-founder of PLANETS), and Michael Cavenagh – as well as the team mechanic Sam Gupta, A&E consultant Sophie Underwood, and chef Lisa Marouzet. Assisted by two vans from Snows Group, a Volkswagen Transporter and Peugeot Boxer, the team transported water and energy foods (including 300 bananas from Geest Line) along the cycle route to make sure that everyone made it to the finish line.



The support team stand in their team colours in front of the transportation supplied by Snows Group

The cyclists arrived in Paris on Saturday evening, and celebrated with a glass of champagne underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Consultant Interventional Radiologist Brian Stedman said, ‘This is the ultimate cycling challenge and, although we know it will be gruelling, to reach milestones such as obtaining the Mobetron makes all the pain worthwhile’.

Champagne celebration for team PLANETS

Congratulations from Snows Group to everyone involved – your fantastic achievement of raising 171% of your target, a whopping £42,824.68, will work wonders. To discover more about the wonderful work done by PLANETS and how you could get involved, click here. Alternatively, if you’re interested in van rental from Snows Group, take a look at what’s on offer here, where you’ll be able to find everything you need to know.

Of course, a trip to France wouldn’t be complete without a team shot in front of the Eiffel Tower.


Snows Group has 28 dealerships across the South of England, stretching from Plymouth to Guildford, and including the Isle of Wight. The Group prides itself on its reputation and dedication to delivering excellent customer service, and is rewarded by the fact that over half of its business comes from returning customers. With Snows Group, driving becomes an experience, rather than a chore.

Author: Charlotte Saunders

Please contact Charlotte Saunders using Charlotte.Saunders@snowsgroup.co.uk or 02380 707750 with all press enquiries.

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