Company of the Month – Leisure Resorts


Our amazing Company of the Month this month is Leisure Resorts!

CEO Gary Molloy and Managing Director Miles Dewhurst have supported the charity for many years, embarking on a variety of cycling challenges, including their “absolutely last one”; an epic adventure from the toe to tip of Italy last year. Nonetheless, in the summer of 2020, they decided they were ready to get back in the saddle and embark on yet another incredible challenge, supporting both Candlelighters and Cancer Research UK.

On 25th September, with their good friends Derek Beaumont and Andy Mair joining them, they embarked upon the North Coast 500, a gruelling 500-mile route around the North West of the Scottish Highlands, hoping to raise a whopping £20,000 for the two charities.

They began the journey in Inverness, cycling over 100 miles on the first day with a climb of over 2000 feet in just six miles at the end of the day. On the second day, the weather saw rain and wind making the 104.7 miles a real challenge for the team. The third day saw some of the wildest terrain and 9000 feet of climbing and the fourth day was one of the hardest days cycling the team had ever done, with rain, wind and single figure temperatures making it incredibly difficult. The fifth and final day saw the team tick off 15 miles at a time, covering over 105 miles to complete the NCT500 Challenge, and raise an incredible £28,764.34 for ourselves and Cancer Research!

Leisure Resorts did an amazing job of promoting the challenge and wrote a fantastic blog detailing the challenge’s highs and lows to their readers. The whole team were committed to raising the vital funds and awareness Candlelighters need in order to keep our candle burning, and we want to thank them all, and especially Miles and Gary of course, for this incredible achievement.

Leisure Resorts are such a huge supporter of Candlelighters and continue to want to help us wherever possible. They have therefore so kindly gifted the star prize in Champ’s Christmas Raffle this year (which Champ was extremely excited about!) The prize is a £1000 voucher to spend on a luxury lodge and hot tub holiday at the beautiful Aysgarth Lodges or Ullswater Heights. Check out the below video to see what you could win!

To enter Champ’s Christmas Raffle simply visit here


Amy Harrison, Deputy Fundraising Manager, said “It is such a pleasure to work with everyone at Leisure Resorts, and what Miles and Gary achieved alongside Derek and Andy, absolutely blew me away! The money they have raised will enable us to continue to bring light to our families, through these darkest of times. It truly does mean the world to us all and I would like to thank the four amazing team members for what they did for Candlelighters. I can’t wait to see who wins the amazing prize of a £1000 voucher too! Thank you so much Leisure Resorts for all you do for us and congratulations on this well-deserved accolade.”