Staff at law firm Hewitsons are gearing up for a two-day, 125-mile charity bike ride – the third annual Tour de Hewitsons.
A team of 10 members from across the business will cycle between three of the firm’s four offices – in Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northampton – on May 16 and 17.
Last year, the event raised more than £3,000 for Dementia UK. This year, Hewitsons is hoping to achieve even more for Cancer Research UK.
Organiser Edward Wheen, a Partner in Hewitsons’ London Employment and Disputes team who is himself battling cancer, will be among those cheering on all the participants.
He said: “Following the success of our first two Tour de Hewitsons events, this has now become an annual fixture in the firm’s calendar. Those of us who have done it before know how tough it can be, but it’s always worth it to support a good cause.
“This year, we have chosen to raise money for Cancer Research UK, whose amazing work is getting us closer and closer to beating cancer. Unfortunately, everybody knows someone who has been affected by this disease, so this is a cause close to all our hearts.”
This year’s Tour de Hewitsons route has been inspired by the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford-Northampton Growth Region, which Hewitsons has made a key focus lately, as its offices lie in the heart of this ‘corridor’, as it is also sometimes called.
On the first day of the event, the solicitors, partners and other team members will cycle from Hewitsons’ Northampton office, on Billing Road, to the firm’s Cambridge office, on Newmarket Road. On the second day, they will head to Hewitsons’ Milton Keynes office, on Midsummer Boulevard, before making their way back to the Northampton start point.
The money they raise will help Cancer Research UK to continue funding scientists, doctors and nurses working to beat cancer, as well as supporting the charity’s vital public information services.
The charity has a major research centre in Cambridge and invested £54million into research in the East of England last year.
Danielle Glavin, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the East, said: “We’d like to wish the team from Hewitsons all of the best on the day and to thank them for their support.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives but thanks to research, more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Without the efforts of our fundraisers, we simply would not be able to do that vital, lifesaving work.”
To sponsor the Hewitsons cyclists and help them achieve their £4,000 target, visit their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tourdehewitsons2019