Over 400 staff, clients and business contacts from accountancy firm Baker Tilly have completed a 700 mile national bike ride last week as they finished the final leg of a two week challenge to raise money for Anthony Nolan and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Tour de Baker Tilly ran from 25 June – 9 July and stopped at 18 Baker Tilly offices on the way, starting at the firm’s Glasgow office and running south, riders encountered steep hills, wind, rain and the hottest day of the year.
Martin Rodgers, Baker Tilly’s Chairman said:
'I am extremely proud to see so many of our staff, friends and clients showing their support for the Tour de Baker Tilly for the second year running.
The bike ride was certainly a challenge for those taking part, but for two extremely worthy causes and we are well on track for our £25,000 target.
The work that Anthony Nolan and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award carry out has changed the lives of so many people, and I am delighted that we are able to show our support for these vital charities again this year.'
Laura Parsell, Senior Fundraising Manager at Anthony Nolan said:
'We’re delighted to be a beneficiary charity of the 2nd Tour de Baker Tilly cycle ride. It’s a fantastic challenge and we’re so grateful to everyone that has signed up to raise funds for Anthony Nolan. The money raised from Tour de Baker Tilly will enable us to recruit more donors to our register and give more people with blood cancer the chance of life.'
Jacqui Larcombe, Fundraising Director at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) said:
'As a long-standing supporter of the DofE we can’t thank Baker Tilly staff and clients enough for their continued generosity. They’ve taken on the Tour de Baker Tilly challenge in true DofE spirit with passion and commitment. We know they have given it their all in their fundraising efforts, which will go towards transforming the lives of so many young people. Thank you team Baker Tilly!'
The event has been supported by Njinga Cycling who have provided coaching and on-road support to riders throughout the entire ride.