Local law firm takes up royal running challenge

UNNING FOR THE LAW: (L-R) Victoria Sampson, Hannah Mashford, Sarah Strong, Ayla Clissold and Gemma Gillespie

A TEAM from a Tunbridge Wells law firm is taking on an ultra-marathon this summer to raise money for their chosen charity.

Seven employees at CooperBurnett LLP, have signed up for the challenging ‘Dulux Race to the King’ in June to raise money for Demelza, the children’s hospice charity.

The brave team members are Partners Victoria Sampson, Joseph Oates, Gemma Gillespie and Sarah Strong; Head of Accounts, Gareth Warner; Associate Solicitor, Ayla Clissold and PA to the Commercial Property Team, Hannah Mashford.

The event will cover 100km, the distance of two ultra-marathons, starting from Goodwood then along the coast to Bosham, then past the mighty Arundel castle and back to Goodwood.

Incredibly, Ayla has opted to run the entire 100km in just one day, while Sarah and Hannah will be walking the course in one day. In the meantime, Victoria, Joseph, Gemma, and Gareth will be completing it over two consecutive days on June 17 and 18.

Victoria Sampson said: “Some might argue that those of us tackling it in two days are getting off lightly – but I disagree!

“We will be camping out in the wilds on the Saturday night – with no hot bath, massages or any luxuries at all – and getting up to face 50km all over again!”

The firm hopes to raise £5,000, with every pound being matched by the Partners at CooperBurnett for children facing life-limiting conditions throughout Kent, southeast London, and East Sussex.

“As a firm, we’ve taken on a number of charity challenges before – such as conquering the three peaks and cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours,” says Joseph Oates.

“However, I believe this is our biggest challenge to date. For those doing it in either one or two days – completing 100km is going to be unbelievably tough.”

Victoria Sampson added: “What we will have to face is nothing compared with the struggle
the families which Demelza supports have to endure, and that’s what will drive us on. Demelza believes in care that doesn’t back down and #TeamCB will not be backing down either.”

To support CooperBurnett’s fundraiser visit: justgiving.com/page/cooper-burnett-1680778322560?utm_term=rx7Mx7E3W

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