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Edinburgh law firm takes on 25,000 mile charity cycle challenge

Posted: 21st September 2018

Around the world in one week: Pinsent Masons takes on 25,000 mile charity cycle challenge

Staff at law firm Pinsent Masons’ Edinburgh offices are saddling up with international colleagues for a week-long charity push which will see them pedal almost 25,000 miles – the equivalent of a round the world cycle – over seven days.

The WE Cycle the World challenge is the firm’s first globally coordinated charity event in which staff from each of its 24 international offices will collectively cycle thousands of miles.

Twenty five per cent of the funds raised in Edinburgh will go to local charity Street Work which supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with the remainder donated to WE, which champions the empowerment of communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Staff will this week (23-30 Sept) compete in a Battle of the Bikes on five stationary bikes located at the firm’s offices in Princes Exchange and Edinburgh Quay. A family fun cycle day will be held at Cramond, while more experienced riders will be encouraged to take part in a 50 mile group cycle ride through the city.

Pinsent Masons Partner and Head of Edinburgh office, Ewan Alexander, said: “I am confident our Edinburgh team will do more than their fair share of contributing to our firm-wide 24,901 miles target, which is the equivalent of cycling around the world. Staff will be encouraged to hop on and off the static bikes during lunch breaks and whenever they have five minutes to spare.

“We are delighted to be able to support Street Work, with which we have a long-standing association and the global charity efforts of WE, and we should also reap the benefits of becoming healthier and fitter in the process.”

Kate Pantin, Associate Director at WE Charity added: “WE is incredibly proud to partner with Pinsent Masons. Thanks to their generous support, we are able to provide even more communities in India and Kenya with sustainable clean water solutions like wells and hand pumps, as well as empowering young people here in the UK to take action on local and global issues, through our WE Schools programme. We will be cheering on Pinsent Masons as they undertake this impressive fundraiser and wish all of their offices the very best of luck.”

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