Balfour+Manson LLP: Fundraising - Bethany's Stop Homelessness Campaign08/24/2012

Balfour+Manson cyclists raise over £1,300 for Bethany’s Stop Homelessness Campaign

The Balfour+Manson cycling team comprising of Robert Holland, Johanna Millar, Alastair Milne and David Smith are delighted that they have exceeded their target of £1250 by raising a fantastic  £1,381.50 for Bethany Sportive during a gruelling 102 mile cycle ride involving a total climb of 8,000 feet cycle challenge through the Scottish Borders.

With only one month to train there was never any doubt that keen cyclists David Smith and Alastair Milne would see the finish line, but thanks to their guidance (and impressive hoard of cycling equipment including spare road bikes, energy gels and very attractive lycra cycling gear!) all four members of the team completed the 102 mile route.

On the day of the event the team were delighted to see David Smith’s lovely wife Helen at the start line ready to join in. Helen had accompanied the team on training runs and decided she would put herself to the test too. All five then set off together at half past eight in the morning with mixed feelings of excitement and fear at what was to come. Twenty five miles in and (on the instruction of David and Alastair) they were even rotating the cyclists at the front of the group to save energy for the 8000ft of climbs still to come. Just as blood sugar levels began to drop the team were greeted with smiling Bethany volunteers who supplied water and delicious home bakes to keep them going. Then, after a(n unnecessarily long and potentially counter-productive) stop for lunch at around the 50 mile mark the team powered on through the undulating countryside to conquer hill after hill on our way back to Lasswade High School. Despite the fatigue, a final burst of energy saw a sprint finish round the corner and into the school car park to complete the course inside the eight hour deadline… just! The team were greeted with hot cups of tea and a warm reception and whilst, yes - they came in last – the sense of achievement was gratifying. After all, it is the taking part that counts, especially in support of a really great cause.

When presented with the final amount, Hannah Biddulph, Events & Community fundraiser at Bethany said, “I’m utterly delighted with the remarkable fundraising efforts from the Balfour+Manson team. They went well beyond the call of duty and managed to raise an incredible £1381.50 cycling 102 miles with 8000ft of climb in no easy task but they managed to do it and have fun at the same time. Here at Bethany we need around £30 to provide a homeless person with a night in our winter care shelter. This provides the person with a hot meal, a safe, warm bed for the night, breakfast and the right advice to help them move on from their situation. In the bitterly freezing winter nights it saves lives. The money that the Balfour+Manson team has raised equates to saving another 46 people. We’d all like to thank them for taking part."