Staff saddle up to fundraise for Sense

Mazars staff tackle the route along the Union Canal
Mazars staff tackle the route along the Union Canal
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Staff from a Capital-based company have completed their part of an an ambitious 1000-mile charity cycle relay.

The 39-strong team – from leading tax, accountancy and advisory firm Mazars – completed the challenge in aid of the national charity Sense.

They began their gruelling relay in Glasgow, with the first leg of 57 miles along the Union Canal to Edinburgh.

In the Capital they were welcomed by a bagpiper, family, friends and colleagues from Mazars and many Sense volunteers.

The challenge, run over 12 days, saw staff from different regional offices of Mazars across the UK take part in the route from Glasgow to London.

The Scottish team raised a total of £23,302 for Sense in Scotland – more than their initial target of £20,000.

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deaf/blind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.

Laura Clarkson, partner in the Edinburgh office and key organiser of the ride, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the cycle and enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful countryside Scotland has to offer.

“I would like to personally thank everyone – organisers, riders, supporters and most importantly those who sponsored the event – all of whom came together to raise a fantastic amount for Sense that will make a real difference to the deafblind individuals and families that Sense supports.”

In addition to completing their leg of the cycle relay, Mazars Edinburgh hosted a quiz night which raised more than £3000 towards their total.

Andy Kerr, Sense Scotland CEO, said: “What a great bunch. Our thanks to the riders and the support teams, a real team effort by all at Mazars and the others they managed to convince to do the cycle. The chat along the route was most enjoyable and a special mention from me for the Oreo cake baker, they came just at the right time to get me finished.

“On behalf of us all at Sense Scotland, well done and a big, big thanks.”

Sense Scotland was formalised as a charity in 1985. It grew quickly, from its beginnings as a small group of families pressing for services for their children who were affected by deaf/blindness, many because of maternal rubella.

Since then, the organisation has gone on to successfully support thousands of disabled people and their families, in thousands of projects and services, throughout Scotland.