A team of cyclists from accountancy firm Baker Tilly arrived in Leeds at the end of a 660 mile nationwide charity bike ride timed to coincide with the start of the Tour de France.
The riders on the “Tour de Baker Tilly”, which set off from London on June 23, covered 660 miles in ten days stopping off at 23 of the firm’s UK offices en route.
Around 300 staff and guests have taken part in the event which has so far raised more than £12,000 for Anthony Nolan and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The volunteer riders have taken part in at least one of 11 legs, with around 30 riders cycling between 50 and 80 miles per day.
Starting in London, the tour has passed through 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 and arrived at the firm’s Leeds office in Whitehall Quay yesterday teatime.
Guests participating in the final leg of the tour from Preston to Leeds include Gavin Biggs from Mellors Catering Services, Lucie Barnes from Shulmans LLP, Jonathan Asquez from Gordons LLP, Jamie Allison from Napthens LLP and Lee-J Walker from The Business Desk.
The event has been supported by Njinga Cycling who have provided mechanics and on-road support to riders.
Neil Sevitt, a Partner at Baker Tilly in Leeds said:
“We’ve had a really enthusiastic response from staff and clients to the inaugural Tour de Baker Tilly, and our riders have given their all over the last ten days to raise more than £12,000 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Anthony Nolan – two charities with whom we have a long relationship.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world-leading charity that develops young people for life and work; young people from all backgrounds, many disadvantaged, who are determined to improve their chances of getting a job and want to do something positive for their communities.
By doing their DofE young people embark on a life-changing journey that builds character, develops skills and shapes futures.
Anthony Nolan is a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. It helps match individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
Those wishing to sponsor the riders can still make donations via the fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TDBT14