News

For everything from money & financial to over 50's lifestyle, you'll find all our news stories here.

16 August 2019, 12:20

It’s blood, sweat and gears for Saga team cycling 180-mile for charity

A team of Saga’s Senior Group Executives are gearing up to cycle on a 180-mile round trip from Folkestone to Bruges to launch Saga’s “Silver September Month of Fundraising” for Saga’s national Charity Partner, The Silver Line.

Gary Duggan, Chief Executive Officer at Saga Services and his team of ten are currently preparing to cycle across the continent on 1st and 2nd September with the aim of completing the sponsored cycle ride in just 48 hours.

Setting off from Dover, the two-day challenge will see Duggan and his team pedal through France to Bruges, with the team aiming to raise £3k for charity The Silver Line.

Saga’s official charity partner - The Silver Line, receive around 10,500 calls every week from lonely and isolated older people; with 53% of callers saying they have literally no-one else to speak to. Since its launch in November 2013, the charity has received over 2 million calls.

Gary Duggan, Chief Executive Officer at Saga Services said: “Although at times I’m sure the journey will be considerably challenging, we are all looking forward to completing the challenge and helping to raise money for a very worthwhile charity. It would be fantastic to raise and even beat our set target. A huge thank you to those that have donated so far and for anyone that may be able to support, it really is greatly appreciated.”

Helen Wathen, Charity Fundraising and Community Manager at Saga said: “We are extremely grateful for Gary and his team’s determination and commitment in preparation for this huge challenge. Our employees are immensely charitable and provide a huge amount of support to many charities and community projects, we are delighted to be able to continue to support them in their fundraising efforts.”


The Saga team will consist of Gary Duggan, James Quin, Julius Christmas, Gavin Davis, Simon Smith, Simon Godfrey, Matt Gurney, Helen Webb, Alex Cross, Mark Watkins and Nick Keys in their cycle attempt please donate via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sslbikechallenge

Contact information

Lisa Harris
Head of communications
Saga Plc
01303 774716
Lisa.Harris@saga.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Saga

Saga is a leading provider of products and services primarily tailored for customers over the age of 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has been carefully developed over the past 60 years to become one of the most recognised and trusted brands among UK consumers aged over 50. Saga is synonymous in the UK with the over 50s market and is recognised for its high quality products and services.  These include cruises and holidays, home and motor insurance, savings and share dealing and the UK’s award winning Saga Magazine. 

Contact us

The Saga Group Communications Team only deal with enquiries from the media.

If you're not a journalist, visit our contact us page for a full list of telephone numbers.


Lisa Harris

Head of Communications

01303 774716


Angela Clifton

Deputy Head of Communications

01303 776504


pressoffice@saga.co.uk