A team of accountants have swapped suits for lycra as they gear-up for a mammoth 170 mile charity cycle ride later this year, in memory of a colleague who sadly passed away last year.
Fifteen partners and staff from both offices of Shorts – the Sheffield and Chesterfield based Accountancy firm – have trained right the way through the icy winter in preparation for the ‘Way of the Roses’ ride.
The marathon route, which starts in Morecambe and finishes in Bridlington, is a highly popular yet extremely challenging cycling route.
The team, who are raising funds for Lymphoma research, plan to complete the challenge in 3 days covering between 40 and 65 miles each day.
Event organiser, Adrian Dunkley, senior tax manager at Shorts, said: “2015 marks Shorts’ 125th anniversary and we wanted to organise a charity event which would coincide.
“Sadly, over Christmas 2014 Shorts lost a long serving and greatly respected colleague, Brian Sewell to Lymphoma.
“It made sense that we complete this challenge, whilst raising money for this extremely worthwhile cause in his memory.
“It is fantastic that so many of the staff and partners are taking part.’
The challenge is scheduled to set off on Friday , May 82015, from Morecambe.
The team is aiming to arrive in Bridlington on Sunday evening.
Adrian added: “It’s a really great cause, and in memory of a really great guy.
“It’s going to be tough for all the team too, so we would urge people to donate and be generous.
Anyone who wants to donate money to the team can find out more by visiting the team’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/shorts-accountants1/.
People can also donate by texting the code BINE75 with the donation amount to 70070.