In an adventure set over three days, 11 of Price Bailey Chartered Accountant’s cycling enthusiasts rode 316 miles from their offices in Bishop’s Stortford all the way to Paris, raising an impressive £6,815 for Action Medical Research in the process.
Price Bailey recently partnered with Action Medical Research entering into a two-year commitment specifically in support of their ‘Saving Tiny Lives’ campaign. The campaign is focused on generating funds in order to carry out research into reducing premature births. Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK, and sadly 1,000 tragically die making it the biggest cause of death in babies; for those that do survive, it’s also the leading cause of disability.
Premature birth adds pressure to even the strongest families. New parents are unable to hold their precious babies, watching the first moments of their lives through the casing of an incubator. They often have to leave the hospital for the first time after going through childbirth without their new-borns so their babies can receive the round-the-clock medical care they require. What is meant to be a happy time becomes a time of devastation and heartache.
Among the cyclists were Richard Vass, Jamie Gladstone, Howard Sears, Stuart Moss, William Wilson, Paul Fox, Chris Godsave, Maria Marsh, Tony Pennison, Daniel Versace and Darren Kaley. They set off on Friday 16th June and had their most enduring cycle on day one, clocking up a total of 115 miles before reaching the Eurotunnel at 8pm. They completed the remaining 201 miles over the next two days, arriving in Paris on Sunday afternoon.
Tony Pennison, Partner at Price Bailey and one of the cyclists, said, “The team put their heart and soul into this challenge. The training has been incredibly demanding but we have remained focused on the ride and the task of raising as much money as we could for Action Medical Research. Friends, family, colleagues and clients have all been very generous with their support.”
James King, CSR Partner at Price Bailey, said, “We are absolutely delighted by the amount raised for Action Medical Research. Premature birth is something that is very common and most people know someone affected by it, it is a great cause to fundraise for. The team have really pushed themselves and the £6,815 raised will help to fund vital research for the charity.”