Committed colleagues laced up their running shoes, jumped on their bikes and proved ‘oar-some’ fundraisers after taking on a special charity challenge. Staff from investment and wealth management company Rathbones joined forces to complete a triathlon in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Between them, they raised an incredible £2,685 after rowing, cycling and running 178 miles – the distance between the charity’s hospices in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The 63-mile row equated to the distance from Cambridge to Ipswich.
The team then clocked up the remaining miles by running and riding around Cambridge, covering the 51 miles from Ipswich to Norwich and the 64 from Norwich back to Cambridge. Thirteen colleagues – Lou Scott, Mark Winchester, Simon Whitmore, Lee Pearce, Chris Holton, Joel Limmer, Harry Lygoe, Paul Greaves, Caitlin Ludick, Kenzie Bennett, Vimbai Gomera, Heather Robinson and Sarah Sepanski – completed the challenge on Friday, 12th May.
“Everyone was very excited about our triathlon,” said Assistant Investment Manager Louise Scott.
“Training went well and the gym was much-used during lunchtimes, as we wanted to make sure we were fully prepared. Then, when it came to the big day, we had lots of fun powering through the miles. It was certainly a test of stamina but knowing the difference the funds could make pushed us through those final miles.”
The Cambridge-based team took shifts on the rowing machine and then moved outside to complete the cycling and running elements, recording their efforts on Strava.
“We felt confident we could complete it, having previously taken part in the Cambridge Half Marathon to raise money for EACH,” added Louise.
“It’s an incredible charity that we’ve been supporting for the past four years. We heard about the fantastic work they do in the community and knew we wanted to do all we could to help raise money.
“Having had several visits to the Milton hospice, it’s clear to see the care and support provided to families at their most vulnerable times. We feel privileged to be able to help where we can.”
There is still time to sponsor the team by heading here. Hannah Forbester, EACH Corporate Fundraiser, said: “What an amazing achievement and invaluable support from the team at Rathbones.
“Chalking up all those miles is no mean feat and it’s great to hear they had fun completing the challenge, while raising an incredible amount of money. We rely on voluntary donations and these funds will help us continue our vital work supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.”