In November 2008, high street giant Woolworths announced that they had fallen intoadministrationdue to debts totalling £385 million. What followed was the mass closure of all 807 of its stores across the UK and the loss of 27,000 jobs nationwide.
An Audit Nationwide team member has cycled over 500 miles across five countries to raise money for two charities!
Ryan Tout completed the epic bike ride from Havant to Dortmund, Germany with three members of his Sunday league football team, AFC Prospect Farm Rangers, as a fundraising event for their club’s two charities; The Grassroots Trust and The Alzheimer’s Society.
“The Alzheimer’s Society is important to us as a lot of our team have family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s” said Ryan, Grassroots help underprivileged children in countries like Tanzania, India and Kenya and run child sponsorship programmes.
The team trained for over three months for the 500-mile journey, starting with a weekly bike ride, which soon became 25 to 60 mile bike rides three times a week. Despite their intensive training, they were still overwhelmed by the tremendous journey that lay ahead.
“The 135 mile ride from Havant to Dover was a real struggle” said Ryan, “Once we passed Hastings, it became far more hilly than any of us were expecting, which really took it’s toll on us and we only just made it to Dover in time!”
From there, the team took the ferry to Dunkirk, France and continued their journey, which took them through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and finally through to Germany. The team faced a number of challenges on the way, including bike problems such as broken bike pumps, poor weather conditions and constant satellite navigation issues; “Our Sat Nav kept sending us in the wrong direction and we got lost on a few occasions! I’ve no doubt we did far more than 500 miles because of this!” laughed Ryan.
Despite these challenges, the team managed to complete the journey within four days, crossing the finish line at Borussia Dortmund’s home stadium, the Westfalenstadion – the team which inspired the AFC Prospect Farm Rangers’ club crest and kit.
“Arriving at the Westfalenstadion was amazing, and the sense of achievement was overwhelming!” said Ryan. The team toured the stadium, before travelling back to the UK — this time by train.
“It was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad we were able to do this for two great causes!” said Ryan.
Well done, Ryan!
If you would like to make a donation, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jon-crowley-3
For more information about the club’s two charities, please visit:
The Alzheimer’s Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
The Grassroots Trust: https://www.grassroots.org.uk/
The team at Audit Nationwide have signed up to take part in cupcake day, which will be held on the 14th of June this year.
It is a day dedicated to defeating dementia, with the help of the small but mighty cupcake, we will be fundraising to beat dementia and raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The team here at Audit Nationwide would like to wish all of our Clients, Colleagues and Friends warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
All the best for 2018!
Today, the team at Head Office took part in our second annual Douglas Stafford Bake Off!
5 contestants are battling it out to be crowned the winner of 2017. The cakes vary widely in style, flavour and texture – from a mint aero cake, marmalade cake, glazed raspberry buns, skittle surprise and a caramel and coconut rafaelo cake. Our team of judges certainly have their work cut out!
Whilst our judges are currently still in deliberation, the bakers kindly donated the rest of the cakes to be sold off in a charity bake sale, to raise money for our chosen charities of 2017 – Portsmouth Hospitals and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
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