A team of cyclists from accountancy firm Baker Tilly’s Gatwick office have played their part in a nationwide bike ride which has so far raised more than £14,000 for charity.
Around 30 staff and guests took part in the second leg of the Tour de Baker Tilly – a ten-day 660-mile cycle from London to Leeds, stopping off at 23 of the firm’s offices on the way.
In total, the Gatwick team clocked up 74 miles between Crawley and Southampton to raise money for the Anthony Nolan charity and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme. Participating guests from local Sussex businesses included Mark Jamson from Cynergy3 Components, David Pegler from Brewin Dolphin, Philip Stephenson from Barlow Robbins and Ian Taylor from Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance.
The event was supported by Njinga Cycling, who were on hand to provide mechanics and on-road support to riders.
Kirsty Sandwell, office managing partner at Baker Tilly Gatwick, said: “All our riders showed great team spirit and determination to make it through, but the blood, sweat and tears were well worth it as we managed to exceed our fundraising target for our two chosen charities.”
In total, around 300 Baker Tilly staff and guests from across the UK took part in the event, which set off from the firm’s London headquarters on June 23 and finished in Leeds on July 4, to coincide with the start of the Tour de France. The team were cheered over the finish line by Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, a former Tour de France rider and two-time Paris-Roubaix winner, and Cyrille Tricart, head of external relations for the Tour de France.