Baker Tilly staff's 660 mile bike ride

A team of cyclists from accountancy firm Baker Tilly this week embarked on a nationwide charity bike ride starting in London which is set to arrive in Leeds just before the start of the Tour de France.

The ‘Tour de Baker Tilly’ will cover 660 miles in 10 days stopping off at 23 of the firm’s UK offices en route. Around 300 staff and guests will take part in the event which is aiming to raise more than £10,000 for Anthony Nolan and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The volunteer riders will join at least one of 11 legs, with around 30 riders cycling between 50 and 80 miles per day.

The event will be in three stages – the first from London to Bristol, the second from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the third and final stage from Birmingham to Leeds. After setting off from the firm’s headquarters in Farringdon Street in London, the peloton will be stopping at Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, Gatwick, Guildford, Southampton, Basingstoke, Reading, Swindon, Bath, Bristol, Glasgow, Grangemouth, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston before finally arriving at the firm’s Leeds office on 4 July – just a day before le Grand Départ, the start of the Tour de France on 5 July.

Guests participating in the first leg from London to Gatwick will include Alistair Ayrd and Colin Woolinscroft from Santander UK, Simon Bragg from Oriel Securities, Ben Potter from Royal Bank of Scotland, Michael Simmonds from Risk Capital Partners, Mat Smith from IGF Invoice Finance, Nigel Timothy and Ian Taylor from Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, James Weller from Mavens of London and Andrew Wright from Universal Tyre (Deptford) Ltd.

The event will be supported by Njinga Cycling who will be on hand to provide mechanics and on-road support to riders.

Martin Rodgers, the Chairman of Baker Tilly UK Holdings Ltd said:
‘We’ve had a really enthusiastic response from staff and clients to the inaugural Tour de Baker Tilly and I’d like to thank all those who are giving up their time and energy to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Anthony Nolan – two charities with whom we have a long relationship. The next two weeks will be a tough challenge for everyone taking part, and I wish all the riders the very best of luck. ’

Jacqui Larcombe, Fundraising Director, 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, knowing that their fundraising efforts will go towards changing the lives of young people. Good luck team Baker Tilly, we’ll be cheering you on!”

Laura Parsell, Senior Fundraising Manager at Anthony Nolan said
“We’re delighted that so many Baker Tilly staff and clients have signed up to take on this fantastic challenge to raise funds for Anthony Nolan. It costs £100 to recruit each potential donor to our register, so their fundraising really is vital to our life saving work. We wish them the very best of luck for the next two weeks!”

Those wishing to sponsor the riders are invited to visit the fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TDBT14

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