Total Car Parks’ employee, Ryan Taylor, completed a 90-mile Palace to Palace cycle challenge on Sunday [October 7th 2018] and raised hundreds of pounds for The Prince’s Trust.
Ryan Taylor, 26, from Ipswich, pedalled from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle with cyclists nationwide and opted for the Ultra route, the hardest of the two routes, which includes the Surrey Hills and Leith Hill Place; the Classic route is half this distance.
Ryan, a Young Ambassador for the charity, spent six months shaping up for the challenge and completed a 60-mile ride just days before the event.
He said: “It was a fantastic day; I was so proud to have finished the challenge, and to have received such generous support. Palace to Palace was my chance to give back! The Prince’s Trust is such a great cause and I cannot thank them enough for making such a positive impact on my life.
Ryan’s hard work paid off as he raised £175 for the charity on his JustGiving page, so far. He has had many more donations since then, which were submitted to the Princes Trust in his name, and it is thought the grand total could be around £1,000.
Sunday’s route was not an easy ride. “Apart from the colossal hills - or at least they felt like that after the first 30 miles - the ride was really enjoyable and the Team members at the Prince’s Trust were incredibly supportive, waiting for me on the finish line to celebrate.”
His wife, Annabelle, and children, Summer, aged 5, and Marshall, aged 4, saw him over the finish line; after completing the ride they headed for a well-earned burger to celebrate.
Asked why he took on the challenge, Ryan said: “Just a little over five years ago I had spent around 18-months out of work and had no long-term career prospects. I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in the Prince’s Trust ‘Team Programme’ and in spite of a few 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 taught me how to present myself in professional situations, how to prepare for a job, and – more importantly – it helped me to achieve a level of self-confidence that I had not 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 over four years later he has risen through the ranks to run New Business & Development. Ryan is now responsible for creating business proposals 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 Prince’s 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 did the Trust proud on Sunday!”
To donate to the Prince’s Trust please visit Ryan’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rtaylor-palace-to-palace
Founded ten years ago, Total Car Parks is one of the UK’s leading car park operators, managing sites at more than 100 locations nationwide.
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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.
Nationwide car park operator Total Car Parks will sponsor the 'Role Model of the Season' award at the prestigious NEBA Academy Ceremony in Leicester on Friday [13th July 2018].
Total Car Parks has backed the 'Role Model' and 'Young Role Model' awards at the inspirational event in the City of Leicester College.
Representatives from all departments will be attending the event, which recognises the achievement of NEBA Academy's members, coaches and volunteers who have made such a positive impact on the lives of young people.
Total Car Parks' Managing Director Essy Eslamian said: "Having reached our landmark year – the tenth anniversary of Total Car Parks – it seems fitting for us to celebrate this achievement by sponsoring the 'Role Model of the Season Awards.
"Already a sponsor of the Princes Trust, the NEBA Academy is another cause close to our hearts. It builds on the strengths and talents of young people, challenges their energy and lays the foundation for young people to overcome obstacles and be the best they can be: a role model of the future.
"NEBA's commitment to excellence is the essence of our philosophy at Total Car Parks, which is about nurturing talent to pave the way to a better future."
Other awards being issued on the night include 'Player of the Season' 'Coach of the Season' & a new exclusive category ‘Sleepers Ambition Award’, which is a new company founded by Efaz.
Efaz M Ahmed, who founded NEBA, which was originally called 'New Era FC', was delighted the event received the backing of Total Car Parks.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason and I'm over the moon that Total Car Parks agreed to be the official partner company of the NEBA Awards,” he said.
“I met Essy just over a year ago and we instantly clicked. I invited him to attend our awards last year and it's just amazing how he agreed to support our cause without any hesitation. Essy is a very genuine person whose interest lies within helping others and I think his ethics has played a massive part in the success of Total Car Parks. 10 successful years of the company, what a time to celebrate!”
He added that as always, the night is expected to leave guests with an everlasting feeling of inspiration.
In addition to football, NEBA also offers a one-to-one mentoring service and home visits to allow young people and their parents to seek professional advice and support with school work and personal issues, among others.
For more information on NEBA, visit http://www.nebafootball.co.uk/about.html
Picture caption 1: Total Car Parks' Managing Director Essy Eslamian at last year’s awards. The picture should be attributed to ‘Capture it by Umair’
Picture caption 2: Last year’s NEBA Awards (r-l) Senior Administrator Georgina Norton, Managing Director Essy Eslamian and Head of New Business and Development Ryan Taylor. The picture should be attributed to ‘Capture it by Umair’