Grant Thornton Gatwick Staff Get into Gear To Raise Money For Children with Brain Injury

Five members of the Grant Thornton Gatwick office recently swapped balance sheets for bikes to raise money for The Children’s Trust by cycling an impressive 450km from Tadworth to Paris. This week, the fundraisers visited The Children's Trust to give their cheque for more than £7,000 to help support children with brain injury.
To ensure they raised as much as possible the cyclists, some of whom didn’t even own bikes before they signed up to take part, organised the challenge themselves. They trained and fundraised tirelessly before the event which took place over 1 – 3 September. The 450km challenge consisted of 4,600m of uphill cycling, over 12,000 calories burned and took 27 hours to complete, with the addition of strong winds and some unplanned detours. 
Martin Verrall, 30 from Reigate, Rachel Parker, 36 from Portslade-on-Sea, Sarah True, 24 from Horsham, Ian Pateman, 59 from Doddington and Harry Phipps, 20 from Kings Hill came to The Children’s Trust on 13 October to present the cheque for £7,247.50.
Jane Shufflebotham, fundraising executive at The Children’s Trust, said: “More than 40,000 children across the UK are left with a brain injury each year after an accident or illness; without the fantastic support of individuals and our charity partners like Grant Thornton we would not be able to provide the specialist service that we do. We are really grateful to all of the team for their efforts and it was really lovely to have them visit The Children’s Trust to see the difference their support makes.”
Harry Phipps from Grant Thornton who took part in the cycle said during their visit:  “I’ve never really considered taking part in a cycle challenge before, let alone one that is 450km but with it being for such a good cause, The Children’s Trust, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try! We were so thrilled with how well our fundraising went - originally we set ourselves a target of £5,000 and once we hit this we continued to strive for more! It is great to be able to present this cheque to The Children’s Trust knowing that this will make a difference to the lives of children with brain injury.”

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