Monday, 12 August 2013

Solicitors scoot, trot and "fly" to work in charity relay

Photo 1: Helicopter “pilots” Daniel Church and David Hitchcock

Photo 2: Rosie Butler and Sarah Bostock on horseback

A firm of solicitors swapped their cars for scooters, horses and a model helicopter to raise almost £3,000 for Surrey Air Ambulance in an adventure relay.

More than 40 members of staff at TWM Solicitors successfully completed a 54-mile tour of all six branches on Friday (August 2nd), in 11 hours.

The first leg got under way at 6.30am at Wimbledon with Daniel Church and David Hitchcock setting off on scooters while colleagues Danielle Glinn and Hannah Green were running.

All four arrived at the Epsom office in 1hr, 20mins before David and Daniel donned their flying hats and Aviator sunglasses to carry a wooden model of the Air Ambulance helicopter.

They were joined by fellow walkers Jacquie Torbett, Jeremy Harcourt, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Kate Foster, Lora Clark, and Connie and Mel Deans, for the trip to Leatherhead.

Daniel, 29, said: “The next leg for the party at Epsom was a further notch up the ‘strange-o-meter’ and we embarrassingly trotted through the Ashley Centre, Ashtead High Street and then Leatherhead.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Bostock and Rosie Butler turned heads in Leatherhead as they set off from TWM’s High Street office on horseback with Sarah Cornes, Gemma Duncton and Kim Bernaldo De Quiros following on foot.

Sarah and Rosie left before the walkers and went slightly “off piste” as they made their way through the woods to Epsom and golfers at Reigate Heath were briefly forced to stop play as they trotted past.

Daniel, David, Lindsey Alexander, Josh Alexander, Katie Reader, Adrian O’Loughlin and Caroline Foulger then set off on a 20-mile bike ride from Reigate to Cranleigh.

On the A25, they were joined by Managing Partner Matthew Truelove who ignored the “no engine” rule and arrived on a 170mph Honda Fireblade motorbike.

At Cranleigh, they were joined by Allison Crossman, Daniel Jenking, Howard House and Sarah who swapped her horse for a pink BMX for the final 10-mile ride to Guildford.

Daniel added: “The cyclists arrived at Guildford at around 6pm, just eleven-and-a-half hours after the whole thing started.

“The pain in our legs was substituted for a pain in our stomachs after we proceeded to consume way too much pizza and so it was the end of another harebrained TWM charity event.”

In total, they have so far raised £2,717 for the Air Ambulance and can still be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/TWMAdventureRelay

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