5th November 2015

Worcester accountants exceed fundraising expectations

A team of five cyclists from Bishop Fleming’s Worcester office joined colleagues across the country to take part in a 325 mile cycle challenge in aid of charity.

The Worcester team aimed to raise £2,140 for St Richard’s Hospice. However, when all pledged donations had been collected, the event organisers were delighted to discover that they had exceeded their original goal by 180%, raising over £6,000.

The four day cycle that started from the Top 40 accountancy firm’s Truro office and finished at its Worcester office included teams from all seven offices of Bishop Fleming. The team of 74 cyclists raised over £27,500 for the firm’s seven selected local charities, smashing their original goal of £15,000.

The event was organised by a team of Bishop Fleming employees known as “Bright Futures”. Bright Futures has been created as a platform to develop members of the team to assist them with their career development.

Julian Carroll, Corporate and Business Services Manager at Bishop Fleming and member of Bright Futures said; “It has been a tough challenge organising the event with such a diverse geographical split of offices and individuals. But every office has thrown themselves into the Tour and it has been inspiring to see everyone come together.”

St Richard’s Hospice’s Fundraising Manager Rachel Jones was pleased to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity, commenting; “This is an outstanding amount of money to have raised and we do hope everyone feels very proud to have achieved such a terrific amount for our patients and families.”

Shaun Mooney, Bishop Fleming Audit Manager and Worcester University Alumni said; “We would like to say a massive thank you to all that have sponsored and supported us throughout this journey and in particular a special thank you to Worcester University for their support.”

Worcester University allowed Marc Scriven to take time off from his role to take on a crucial role within the tour: providing mechanical support for all of the bikes and riders. The University also provided a team of Student Ambassadors at the Bristol and Worcester offices together with a team of physiotherapy students at the Worcester office who offered massages for all the tired and weary legs at the end of the event.