Lawyers step it up a gear in epic cycle challenge

25 September, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

A group of staff from leading law firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish have raised over £15,000 for charity after completing a challenge which has seen them cycle from London to Paris.

The challenge, which took place from 13 – 15 September, was completed by fourteen members of staff from across the firm.  The route saw the team cycle over 380km from London to Paris via its offices in Kings Hill and Tunbridge Wells.


The team were raising money for its charity of the year, CLIC Sargent.  A cancer charity, CLIC Sargent supports children and young people across the UK affected by the illness, providing tailored support and guidance to each family. 


Associate Joanne Searle, a co-organiser of the event, commented: “This was the fifth annual cycling event for the firm, and the longest route yet – it was certainly a challenge!  We had a few minor hiccups on the route, including a puncture in Central London after just 4km(!), a collision with a post in Northern France, and one of the team’s bike literally snapping in two,but we are delighted to have completed the challenge and raised so much money for this very worthwhile cause.  Our thanks go to everyone for their kind donations, and a big thank you to Peter and Tom Salter who drove the route and provided support throughout the ride.”


Alex Drury, CLIC Sargent’s fundraising engagement manager for Essex and Kent, added: “We were following the team’s progress over the weekend, they’ve done a tremendous job.  Recent statistics have shown that over the last 12 months, 4,450 young cancer patients and their families have spent around £5 million in travel costs, just to get the treatment they need.  This means that many families now also have the added burden of debt at an already deeply stressful and worrying time.   The money the team have raised will go a long way in our efforts to help families like these.  We can’t thank the team enough for the time and effort they have put in to raise so much money.”


This year’s cyclists included managing partner Gavin Tyler, Claire Durkin, Craig Bowers, Dan Marques, Joanne Searle, Kathryn Rogers, Kevin Finlayson, Lauren Warner, Leanne Knebel, Nick Austin, Olivier Morel, Pete Kenyon, Sofia Cortes and Zoe Cartner.


For more information about the ride, and to donate, click here.