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Charity Bike Ride Underscores Elite Commitment to Charitable Giving
July 24, 2017
Thomson Reuters Elite, part of Thomson Reuters Legal, today announced that Andrew Spicer, Regional Sales Consultant, and Stuart Whittle, Director of Business Services at Weightmans LLP, a top 50 UK firm and an Elite client, have taken part in a charity London-Paris bike ride to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief (WBR). So far £9,714 has been raised, including matching from Thomson Reuters, which is enough to buy 102 bikes.
The spectacular, long weekend ride started in London today and arrived in Paris on July 22. Andrew and Stuart will cycle through the picturesque British countryside en route to Dover, then sailed to Belgium, passing through the famous cycling city of Roubaix and the Menin Gate memorial, before finally arriving in the French capital.
Designed to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief, the charity bike ride underscores the wider support from Thomson Reuters Elite for the organization’s mission to provide bicycles to rural areas in the developing world to improve educational, health care, and economic outcomes.
World Bicycle Relief is a global nonprofit that designs and distributes specially designed, high quality bicycles to students, health care workers, and entrepreneurs in rural developing regions worldwide. Founded by F.K. and Leah Missbach Day in 2005 in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the charity has distributed over 350,000 bicycles and trained over 1,700 bicycle mechanics across Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.
“I am thrilled to have taken part in this challenge,” Spicer said. “It was a great opportunity to partner with Stuart beyond the normal realms of our day-to-day work, and together raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”
“Distance should not be a barrier to a better life and World Bicycle Relief’s work is giving freedom to so many,” commented Whittle. “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to take this journey again for another truly worthy cause. It was a challenging but beautiful route and I was happy to ride alongside Andrew and the team, raising as much money as we could for this fantastic charity.”
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles®. WBR’s purpose designed bicycles are built to withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas and promote long-term economic and social change. WBR also supports local economies and sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training field mechanics to service the bicycles. World Bicycle Relief is a registered non-profit in the USA, Canada, U.K., Germany and Australia, and has assembly facilities in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Angola.
Weightmans LLP has more than 1,300 staff and 157 partners to provide full legal service to all of its clients and has the resources to deal with the most demanding legal needs. As a progressive top 50 UK law firm, it is committed to its clients and its people, as well as constantly looking at ways of improving the service it provides. For more information, visit Weightmans LLP.