28 members of staff from our Barnstaple and Taunton offices raised almost £4,000 by pedalling continuously for 24 hours on stationery exercise bikes.
By the end of the event they had clocked up 715 miles.
£1,918 was raised from individual sponsors. This sum was then matched by the partners of Slee Blackwell LLP, taking the total to £3,837.
Sponsors were entered into a free prize draw. Prizes, generously donated by local businesses, included pantomime tickets and vouchers for hair treatments.
Elizabeth Duncan, a Chartered Legal Executive who together with colleague Rachel Thain created and organised the event, said:
“I am part of the specialist abuse law team here at Slee Blackwell. We deal with abuse claims, including cases of historical childhood sexual abuse. By the time lawyers become involved most of the damage has already been done. The NSPCC are working to prevent abuse from happening in the first place and this is a cause we feel very passionately about.
Cycling through the night was pretty tough. It was a real rollercoaster of tiredness and hilarity, and back again. We are mostly recovered, though it will be some time before we can face getting back on a bike again!”
Moira Smyth, Chair of NSPCC Somerset West has thanked Slee Blackwell, commenting:
“It has been a delight working with Rachel and Liz at Slee Blackwell. As a long term fundraiser for the NSPCC I know how child abuse can devastate lives and how the NSPCC can help. Rachel and Liz’s work supporting victims legally is another part of the complex set of needs of abuse victims. It is wonderful that their experience at work, together with their compassion, led them to set up this successful (if painful!) fundraising event for us.’
Anna Keir, NSPCC fundraising manager for Somerset, added:
“The NSPCC relies on fundraising events to carry on our work protecting children, be it through our helplines or schools programmes. I’d like to thank Slee Blackwell and all the cyclists for their generous support, as well as everyone that has donated. The money helps the NSPCC continue their fight for every childhood.”
You can still donate to Break the Cycle. Just go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SleeBlackwellBreakTheCycle
More information on the NSPCC can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk