21st April 2016

Accountants swap suits for boots

A team of five accountants from Worcester are preparing to swap their suits for walking boots and spending a day out of the office, all in a good cause.

Bishop Fleming colleagues Julian Carroll, Shaun Mooney, Chris Ireland, Phil Redgate and Ian Smith will be taking part in St Richard’s Hospice annual Worcestershire Way walk on Friday 17th June and will be walking 31 hilly miles in a day to raise money to help the local hospice care for patients at the end of their lives. The team shouldn’t have problems with directions as this will be Julian’s third time and Ian’s sixth on the walk.

The event, organised each year by St Richard’s, offers the opportunity to walk the whole of the Worcestershire way in a day to support hospice care across the county. Starting at 6am in Bewdley, walkers will stride out across the most wonderful Worcestershire countryside before a tough finish on the slopes of the Malvern Hills.

Ian Smith, Partner at Bishop Fleming said; “All of our lives, at some stage, are impacted by cancer and other serious illnesses, so we wanted to support the great work that St Richard’s does to care for patients and their families. On the day of the walk, we are sure that it will be a challenge to ignore the temptations of my local, the Talbot at Knightwick, but we will be more than compensated with the spectacular scenery and the knowledge that our families, friends, colleagues and clients are all supporting our challenge.”

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “This event has been running now for 11 years and is always very popular. Some of our dedicated supporters take on the Worcestershire Way challenge year after year and there is always a great team spirit and camaraderie. This isn’t an event for the faint hearted, and we certainly recommend some training beforehand.

She added; “Many people take on this challenge in memory of someone special, as a way of saying thank you for the hospice care they received. But often at the end of the walk they realise that they have achieved something fantastic for themselves too.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Bishop Fleming’s fundraising can donate online at www.justgiving.com/BFWorcestershireWay

The event costs just £10 to enter but relies on sponsorship and donations to be successful. The money raised will help St Richard’s Hospice continue to care for patients at the end of their lives, and support their families.

The event is kindly sponsored by Carisson Properties Ltd.

For more information, contact Alison Parkes by email  or call 01905 763963. To register for the event, visit our Worcestershire Way Walk event.