A team of Fisher German Partners took on the Race the Sun challenge on 31 August, cycling 60 miles, climbing Helvellyn and kayaking across Lake Thirlmere in order to raise money for Action Medical Research. Managing Partner Andrew Bridge and Partners George Simpson, Matthew Barker and Stuart Flint travelled to the Lake District and spent a gruelling day in the pouring rain taking on the challenge against 25 other teams, coming an impressive fourth overall. The subsequent aches and pains were worth the challenge after the quartet raised £2,100 for Action Medical Research, as well as more than £450 for Fisher German’s charity of the year, Contact the Elderly.
With limited training, the Fisher German team put on an impressive performance against groups from around the UK, losing out only to some regular fitness fanatics – fell runners, a team just back from cycling the Dolomites, and four London-based architects who cycle every day. Despite taking a wrong turn and adding an extra four miles to their cycling route, the team kept up with the strongest pack and achieved the fastest split in the kayak session.
Managing Partner Andrew Bridge said: “The weather conditions weren’t quite what we expected for an August challenge in the Lake District, with wind speeds of 70 miles an hour at some points during the cycle challenge! However, the conditions didn’t put us off and for the most part we thoroughly enjoyed the challenge knowing that the money we raised was going to an incredible cause. Action Medical Research helps to save children’s lives in the UK through vital medical research into treatments and vaccinations for things like children’s cancer, cerebral palsy, premature birth and pregnancy complications. Together, this Race the Sun challenge has raised more than £30,000 for the charity but we hope by the time all donations are collected that this will rise to £50,000. Thank you to everyone who spurred us on with a donation and for your generosity in helping us achieve this target.”
If you would like to donate to Action Medical Research visit the JustGiving page here, or to Fisher German’s charity of the year, Contact the Elderly – who tackle social isolation in people over 75 – please click here