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HTA raise over £15k for Shelter at Ride London

On 2nd August, a group of 12 staff at HTA Design LLP lined up in the Olympic Park, with gleaming bikes and smart jerseys, ready for the off on the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.

The team, composed of members of staff across HTA’s various teams and national offices, aimed to raise over £10,000 for national homeless charity Shelter, and were backed by the rest of their colleagues across all offices, who pitched in with a host of fundraising initiatives such as bake sales, a pub quiz and a volleyball tournament.

The HTA Roulers rode 100 miles in the cyclists’ equivalent of the London Marathon, being tested by stiff climbs as they passed from London’s roads into the beautiful countryside of Surrey. The day was not without incident, with one team member suffering an accident after only 10 miles, and the rest being held up for well over an hour by a major medical emergency ahead. However, having cycled over 10,000 km in training, the team acquitted themselves admirably. Times ranged from a shade over 8 hours to under 5 hours, and even the injured team member wheeled his broken bike and body over the line! And their fundraising efforts were similarly impressive: the final figure raised was £15,000, well over the original target.

HTA is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice working exclusively in the housing sector, so Shelter’s work is not only close to its heart but aligned with its own concerns and interests. Shelter is a national charity providing advice for those at risk of homelessness; researching  housing need, supply and affordability – and campaigning for more and better social and private rent housing, two areas in which HTA is particularly involved. James Lord, one of the riders and Partner for the Landscape team, says, “Work like Shelter’s both informs and champions the design and placemaking work that HTA do. It is important that we support them, both through our professional efforts and with the funds they need to continue their vital work.”

HTA are very proud of our cycling team, who committed themselves to a gruelling training regime and a long, hard race for a cause that is extremely important to us as a practice. We also want to say a big thank you to everyone who gave up their time, energy, enthusiasm and hard-earned cash to support Shelter and the riders. And, of course, we are extremely grateful to all those organisations who dug deep for donations and cheered us on from afar.

If you would like to make a donation to the HTA Team's Shelter fund, you can do so here: www.justgiving.com/HTADesignLLP