South Devon law firm staff cycle for charity
PUBLISHED: 09:14 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:14 05 November 2013
A massive fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which was driven by solicitors at leading South Devon Law firm Wollen Michelmore was given a poignant boost when the London to Paris cyclists met a fellow fundraiser who himself had the disease.
Practice Director of Wollen Michelmore Clive Meredith and Tim Woolnough, Director of TNW Financial Services, met cyclist Matt Johnson on their 320-mile marathon effort.
Clive says: “It was hard enough for us to complete the ride, but I am in awe of Matt who managed to do exactly the same as us with this debilitating lung disease. He was a great inspiration and it gave us the boost we needed to truly understand why we wanted to raise this money.”
Matt adds: “It was great meeting Tim and Clive and with our CF shirts we looked like a proper team. It was quite emotional cycling into Paris and this has certainly been my greatest achievement. We all kept each other going when it got tough, and it was really good to be able to share some of the realities of life with CF with them.”
Clive, Tim and Matt took four days to complete their ride, averaging 80 miles a day.
On the same weekend, Wollen Michelmore solicitor Magdalene Bristow and her friends Katie Farmer and Rachael Baird set off from Glen Nevis and started the 4,409 feet ascent up the highest mountain on the British Isles.
The charity was chosen in memory of one of Magdalene’s best friends Rachel Banks who also grew up in Torquay. Rachel was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three months and died in 2008 at the age of just 24.
Magdalene says: “It was an amazing experience, not only to reach the summit of Ben Nevis, but to do it with 40 other people connected to CF. It is rare to be amongst so many people who have been affected by CF and unfortunately the majority of participants were conquering the Ben in memory of a loved one they had lost to the disease.
“It really did clarify the reason why we were working so hard to raise money for CF Trust – to help fund research into the development of treatments that limit the effect CF has on sufferers’ lives and to one day beat the disease for good. My friend Rachel only had 24 years of life but the CF Trust are working hard through research, campaigning and training clinicians to help people live longer.”
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells within the body. Over 9,000 people in the UK have CF. There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis but through fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust we hope to help fund research into gene therapy and other treatments to alleviate the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis.
If you would still like to donate to the bikers and hikers please visit their fundraising pages at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/magdalene; and http://www.doitforcharity.com/CliveM, http://www.doitforcharity.com/TimW.
Matt’s story of his cycle ride can be read on his blog: http://mattyj1979.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/i-only-went-and-cycled-to-paris