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Law Staff Aiming to Scale New Heights with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Challenges

Talbots Charity Challenge LOver 40 staff from a leading law firm in the Midlands are swapping their day roles for hiking boots and aerodynamic lycra to raise more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Solicitors and legal support staff from Talbots Law will be climbing Snowdown, England and Wales’ largest mountain, in July, whilst a team of Directors - Callum Haynes, Matt Wistow and Peter Hill - will be tackling a mammoth London to Paris bike ride.

The two challenges were announced at the firm’s quarterly Breakfast Club, an informal networking event that attracts over 70 professionals and local businesses to Hagley Hall.

Kirsty White, Corporate Fundraising Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, was invited to speak and gave a powerful insight into the fantastic work the charity does, looking after 90,000 children and young people every year.

“We are looking to raise more than £30,000 in 2018 and have already donated £10,000 to get the fundraising off to a great start,” explained Mary Mocklow, Chief Executive of Talbots Law.

“The charity has supported a number of our staff so it’s a cause close to our heart and everyone is getting involved with activities, ranging from running marathons and entertaining children whilst they wait for their appointments through to taking part in the Big Bandage Day.”

Mary continued: “Our largest team effort is still to come with over 40 employees looking to raise £6,000 by climbing 1085 meters to the top of Snowdown. It’s fair to say that this is a big, big challenge for some of our staff.”

Talbots Law’s cycling team is also currently undergoing an extensive training regime to make sure it is ready for the 300+ mile bike ride in September.

The intrepid trio will start off from Crystal Palace in London, before cycling through Kent to Dover. From there they will get the ferry to Calais and then continue the journey through Abbeville, Beauvais and on to Paris over the course of four days in total.

Matt Wistow, Business Development Director, said: “All three of us like to get out on the bike when we’re not working, but not sure any of us have ever done that distance before. We’re doing our best to get into shape for it with Callum and Peter completing the Aberdovey and Mad March Hare cycling events respectively.

“Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a great charity and any pain or aches that we will go through will be nothing compared to what children and parents are supported with every year.  We want to raise £4000 for this challenge alone and we’ve already had over 15 corporate sponsors sign up, including Prosperity Wealth, Jonathan Lee Recruitment, Search Acumen and Nicklin LLP.”

Kirsty White from Birmingham Children’s Hospital concluded: “We are truly thankful for all of the hard work Talbots Law are putting into raising such a fantastic amount of money for our patients.

“The funds they will raise will go a long way to making a huge difference to the lives of our brave children and their families as we continue our plans to improve our facilities – enabling us to treat even more children from Birmingham, the West Midlands and around the country.”

To donate to the Snowdon climb, please visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/talbotslaw and for the London/Paris Bike Ride go to www.justgiving.com/companyteams/TalbotsParis

For further information, please visit www.talbotslaw.co.uk or follow @talbotslaw on twitter. More details on Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity can be found at www.bch.org.uk or at @bham_childrens

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