In October, we smashed our fundraising goal and raised more than £6,500 as part of the national Tour de Law initiative – the legal sector’s most successful bike challenge.
Between 12th and 18th October, lawyers from across the country got on their bikes – whether on the road or at home on static bikes – and accumulated as many kilometres as possible during the week, all while raising money for research and care charity Breast Cancer Now.
Our team, which consisted of ten people, took part to raise money in memory of our colleague, Gail Hall, who passed away in December 2019 after battling the disease.
Our Chief Executive, Stewart Vandermark, said:
“One of the reasons we were so dedicated in taking part in this event was to show support for those impacted by breast cancer and to remember Gail.
“It has also been great seeing how a team of ten from different departments who do not usually work together day by day have bonded, encouraged one another and been energised in taking on this challenge.
“Collaborating with a collective aim and for a bigger purpose has that impact; it creates an emotional glue that binds people together. It is fantastic that by working together – those cycling, as well as those encouraging and donating – we have been able to make a small difference to a big cause.”
Our team accumulated more than 2,570km during the week, finishing sixth out of 50 teams of law firms competing in the event. Through our participation in the Tour de Law, we have raised upwards of £6,500 for Breast Cancer Now, massively exceeding our fundraising goal of £500.
Our Director of Human Resources, Lindsey Harrison-Grimes, organised our participation in the event. She said:
“Supporting charities is very close to our heart at Nelsons and it’s something we’ve continued to do despite working remotely since March. The Tour de Law initiative was the perfect way for us to stay active, bring teams together, raise money for an important cause, and remember our colleague, Gail who joined Nelsons in 1995.”
Gail’s husband, Fraser Hall, wished to thank our team for their hard efforts. He said:
“Firstly, I would like to congratulate everybody concerned with the fundraising bike ride, from the determined cyclists to all the people who donated so generously to the charity.
“The word brave is sometimes used too much but in Gail’s case and the many thousands that suffer from this disease, it’s a word that only goes some way to describe the fight they have to go through.
“Thank you Stewart and your colleagues for doing the charity bike ride and all the staff for the contributions, especially for dedicating it to Gail’s name. It will make her family very proud and honoured.”
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