Total Car Parks’ employee Ryan Taylor is embarking on a 90-mile Palace to Palace cycle challenge on Sunday [October 7th 2018] to raise money for the Prince’s Trust.
Ryan, 26 from Ipswich, will pedal from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle with cyclists nationwide and has opted for the Ultra route, the hardest of the two routes, which includes Surrey Hills and Leith Hill Place; the Classic route is half this distance.
Ryan, a Young Ambassador for the charity, has been training hard for the event and has recently completed a 60-mile cycle run in preparation for the challenge.
He said: “Palace to Palace is my chance to give back! Being fairly overweight I have spent the past six-months getting in shape for the ride - but the Prince’s Trust is such a great cause and I cannot thank them enough for making such a positive impact on my life.
“Just a little over four years ago I had spent around 18-months out of work, with zero motivation or knowledge for getting a job. I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in the Prince’s Trust ‘Team Programme’ and – whilst I had some reservations about joining – I did, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life to date.
“The Team programme didn’t just help me get a job, it helped me learn to be a better version of myself, how to present myself in professional situations, how to prepare for a job, and – more importantly – it helped me to reach a level of self-confidence that I have never experienced before.”
The Prince’s Trust ‘Team Programme’ secured work experience for Ryan at Total Car Parks. He was offered a permanent post as a Junior Administrator and four years on he has worked himself through the ranks to Head of New Business & Development, in charge of gaining new contracts and developing ideas – one of these was ‘Go Ticketing’ (goticketing.co.uk), a brand of the company.
As a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, Ryan not only represents the Trust at numerous events but gives nationwide talks in front of large audiences to inspire young people and raise awareness of the charity.
“Thanks to the Princes Trust, I see a positive and innovative future for myself,” he said. “I feel privileged to be part of such a selfless and fantastic organisation and I hope to do the Trust proud this Sunday!”
To donate to the Princes Trust visit Ryan’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rtaylor-palace-to-palace
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