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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Operated by Total Car Parks, Isca Place is conveniently located within walking distance of the town centre, Exeter Central Station and Exeter College, and is currently being refurbished to offer better facilities and an extension to the opening hours currently on offer.
Customers can now enter without restriction and park in either the indoor or external parking areas. The upgrade will extend the opening hours for customers who can park in the outside section of the car park and it will reduce traffic queues because drivers won’t need to collect a parking receipt upon entry.
Essy Eslamian, Total Car Parks’ Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to extend our parking operation in Exeter. The new service will eliminate queues at peak times and provides spaces for customers who want to park for longer periods of time.
“We are always looking at ways to improve our parking service and these changes have been made in response to customer demand; this is the first stage of the Isca Place car park refurbishment and more improvements are in the pipeline.”
Drivers using the Isca Place car park can either pay on arrival at one of the new Pay and Display machines and display their ticket in their windscreen or, if they don’t want to carry change, they can pay by mobile or online through Parkonomy, which is a payment platform used by car park operators.
Isca Place indoor car park opens from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays, with access at the rear for parking outside these hours.