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trainee challenge - raising money for Hayward House

9 April 2013

Every year the Browne Jacobson trainees organise an event to support our local charity of the year. This year our chosen charity is Hayward House. Hayward House offers palliative care for cancer sufferers and continuing care from diagnosis, through the interim periods of advancing disease, up to and including end of life care. This particular charity is close to the firm’s heart as sadly one of the firm’s employees lost her fight with cancer in 2010 and spent her last few days in the care of Hayward House.

Last year the trainees completed the three peaks challenge in a mighty 24 hours, so this year we wanted to make sure our challenge was just as ambitious.

Given that Browne Jacobson has recently opened a Manchester office, and also merged with the defendant insurance and employment practices team of Vietch Penny in Exeter, the firm’s national presence is really at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Thus the decision was made – a cycle relay challenge between each of the firm’s five offices.

This is no mean feat and will involve a total of 7 days cycling, clocking up a total of circa 500 miles.

The first leg will see four trainees start the relay at our Manchester office, cycling through the Derbyshire peak district, and (hopefully) arriving at our Nottingham office nine hours later.

From Nottingham the next four trainees will cycle between Nottingham and Birmingham, taking approximately six hours.

Next is Birmingham to London which will take 2 days to cycle, but luckily the next four trainees are raring to go.

The last leg is not for the faint hearted. London to Exeter is approximately 200 miles and will take a whole 3 days. The trainees are so enthusiastic we have given up our weekend in order to complete the challenge.

It is fair to say we are all ‘less than athletic’ and this challenge is going to challenge for us both mentally and physically.

Fortunately we have already put the wheels in motion (literally) and have organised some starter bike rides and spinning classes. We are all of the mindset that failing is not an option!

We are hoping to raise a whopping £2,500 which will go a long way in supporting the important work of Hayward House.

This challenge is just one of the ways in which we show support. Browne Jacobson regularly fundraises for Hayward House by organising bake sales and jeans days. Recently we also collected Easter eggs for the out-patients of Hayward House, for whom this Easter may be their last.

As I’m sure you can tell, the firm takes it charitable responsibilities seriously and if there is an opportunity to raise money or otherwise support our local charity of the year, we will.