Giving back to those that support us, whether through volunteering, fundraising or providing support is very important to leading regional law firm Tollers Solicitors.
Duncan Nicholson, the Firm’s Managing Partner said “At Tollers we take our corporate responsibility very seriously, we work hard to ensure we are engaged with and working in partnership with the local communities we serve and one of the ways we do this is by working with a number of locally based charities across our geographies”.
With this in mind on Wednesday 10 July 2019, three solicitors from Tollers Solicitors set off to ride from London to Paris, a distance of 300 miles, with the aim of completing the challenge in less than 48 hours in order to raise much needed funds for local Northamptonshire based charity Cransley Hospice.
It is not common to ride the route in 48 hours. Ordinarily organisers of London to Paris cycle challenges plan for them to take place over 3 or even 4 days, but the Tollers trio where determined to cover the combined 900 miles in this timeframe.
The Three intrepid cyclists Roger Reed (from the Personal Injury Department), Duncan Nicholson (Managing Partner of the firm) and Tristan Benson (Head of the Dispute Resolution Team) were more than up for the challenge having trained hard over the last few months, with many lunchtime rides, cycling events and sportifs under their belts.
The ride was 100% funded and planned by the firm, so that every single penny raised went to Cransley Hospice. The local hospice, based in Kettering, provides specialist care for patients with life limiting illnesses and as with many charities of this nature Cransley simply could not operate without the help of donations from the public.
The team were up bright and early on the first morning to start the ‘Tour de Tollers’ and set off from London’s O2 arena at 5am. They made good progress, with only a small garmin problem at the beginning resulting in a few minor delays negotiating their way out of London. They arrived in Dover at 12.30, where they loaded their bikes onto their support vehicle and boarded the ferry. During the crossing they had the opportunity to refuel and review the French route, as well as have a well-deserved break. On arrival in Calais they jumped back on their bikes to continue their journey to Hesdin, in Northern France, and arrived at their overnight stop at 9.45pm. Following some refreshments they retired for the night for a well-earned rest after the first day of their mammoth trek, having covered 150 miles.
The following morning the cycling trio were up early to embark on the final 150 mile leg of their journey to Paris. After a hearty breakfast to fuel them on their way, they left Hesdin at 8.10am. The weather on the day was a blistering 31 degrees and despite some issues ensuring they stayed hydrated in the heat, the team made good progress finally arriving at the iconic Arc De Triomphe at 9.30pm.
Having shattered their 48 hour target, riding the 300 miles in around 39 hours, the team are now taking a well-earned rest before they get back in the saddle. To date they have raised over £4000 against their original target of £3000, with donations continuing to come in. The team are delighted that their efforts will make such a significant contribution to the hospice and the vital support they provide.
Roger Reed, said of their effort “We made it to Paris and beat our target! At times when our muscles ached we put things back in perspective and reminded ourselves of the reason why we were doing the ride. Cransley Hospice provides an invaluable service to the community and the sponsorship we received will help them maintain the highest levels of care and treatment for their patients and their families. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and so grateful for all the support we received. We would like to express our thanks to everyone who followed our progress, sponsored us and supported us on our journey’.
The Firm are extremely proud of the team’s achievement and can’t wait to see what this intrepid trio plan next…
If you would like to show your support, donations can be made via the team’s Just Giving Page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roger-reed1