Harrogate architects complete 1,800-mile challenge in support of Disability Action Yorkshire

Pictured are Joel Smith, Aimee Rogers, Ayah Hatahet, all S+SA Architects, Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape, David Ryan and Ellie Smith, both S+SA Architects

A Harrogate architects practice had to go back to the drawing board after the coronavirus put a spoke in the wheels of its annual charity bike ride.

For the last two years, S+SA architects have organised a sponsored cycle to raise funds for their chosen charity, Disability Action Yorkshire, and which has raised in excess of £3,000 for the organisation.

However, whilst Covid put paid to this year’s event, the S+SA team undertook an in-house challenge to run, walk or cycle a combined distance of 1,800 miles, which they successfully achieved in 16 weeks.

And, to continue their support of Disability Action Yorkshire – which began more than a decade ago when it drew up plans for the charity’s Claro Road residential care home – they raised £626.

S+SA Architects Business Manager Ellie Smith said: “We were really disappointed not to be able to stage a sponsored ride this year. However, not wanting to let Disability Action Yorkshire down, we undertook a team challenge instead.

“We measured the distance we travelled on an app and kept a weekly tally of the combined miles we had covered. We are a pretty active bunch, and physical activity is important for us.

“This was a team effort and one that has also helped raise funds for Disability Action Yorkshire.”

Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive, said: “Once again I’d like to say a big thank you to Ellie and the S+SA Architects team.

“Their continued support means a great deal to us, and whilst our fund-raising activities have been curtailed by coronavirus, this donation is very gratefully received.”

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