Siblu supports: Interview with Leslie Hurst, CEO

At first, the Tour was Chris Dunscombes’ initiative (learn more about his motivations here), but as time went on the whole company became more and more implicated in the event.

See for yourselves just how much siblu cares about the Tour through this interview that Leslie Hurst, our CEO made time for :


Leslie H“ The spirit of siblu is everywhere – even in the traditionally dry finance department. When Chris Dunscombe, one of our senior accountants, decided to give birth to the Tour de siblu in 2011, we thought it was a one time only event. But then he decided to do it all again but to travel between all our parks (and in the meantime we had added another one to the family) so the distance involved had grown.

The teams on our parks as well as at head office were joined by many of our 7000 owners who combined to support the event and increase the funds raised for the charities being supported.

We decided that if we can’t stop him getting on his bike we’d better get on ours as well and we’re still doing that as the event is becoming an annual siblu fixture.

A fantastic example of individual initiative and drive leading us all on to greater things! ”


The whole of siblu is implicated to make the event a success and to raise as much money as possible for cancer research. But at the end of the day, it’s your generosity that makes the difference. So please help us. Thank you.

Interview with Chris : motivations

Pedaling all around France in the heat of summer didn’t strike us as something one would just do to kill time. So we interviewed Chris to learn a bit more about what is pushing him on, as he completes the various stages of the Tour. And what we got is a touching story that shows just how important cancer research really is.

We asked Chris where his motivation stemmed from, and here is what he answered :

“ In 2009, I rode from London to Paris for charity, with a very close friend. Later on, in 2011, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

ChrisThanks to cancer research, she was able to benefit from cutting edge laser surgery. And that’s the reason she is still alive today. Organisations such as Cancer Research UK and la Ligue contre le Cancer really change sufferers’ lives, most especially by allowing them to enjoy life for as long as possible. And that changes their relatives’ lives too.

Both my personal experience, and that of friends and colleagues led me to understand that cancer is everywhere. Everyone is affected, either directly or indirectly.

After my London to Paris charity ride, siblu colleagues challenged me to do a sponsored Tour de France. That’s when, as if self-evident, the idea of a “Tour de siblu” in aid of cancer research came to my mind. And the response was just enormous. So as long as I have air to breathe, I will continue to do it! ”

The work carried out by organisations such as Cancer Research UK and La Ligue contre le Cancer really makes a difference to the lives of a growing number of people. Let’s do our best to support them.

See for yourself how much siblu supports Chris and the Tour here.

We will be posting a more detailed article about these organisations  very soon, so make sure to stay connected (you can do that by liking our Facebook page).