Pedal power helps lawyers raise charity funds

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Lawyers from Blake Morgan helped raise money for a good cause by cycling from London to Brighton.

Edward McMullen, an associate in the Construction team, organised a team of 12 cyclists who took on the challenge.

Blake Morgan colleagues from Southampton, Oxford, Portsmouth and London were joined by clients and friends to complete the 57-mile route in around four hours.

Together they raised more than £2,200 for CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people. It provides professional expertise, grants and free building materials to help improve shelters and centres run for homeless people.

Susie Dryden, a partner in Blake Morgan’s dispute resolution team, completed the route despite falling off her bike as she tackled Ditchling Beacon near the end of the route.

Susie said: “It was fantastic day. I had one fall – I managed to cycle all the way up Ditchling Beacon and spotted a photographer at the top. As I adjusted myself on the saddle to strike the right pose, I realised I had come to a halt – but too late to take my feet out of the clips!

“I had to stop the photographer taking a picture of me on the ground.”

She added: “A big thank you to everyone who sponsored us and helped raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Joining Edward and Susie on the “RE-Cycle” team from Blake Morgan’s Southampton office were Nicola Sutton and Daljinder Thind 

Aviation solicitor partner David Daws from the firm’s London office also took part, as did clients Andrew Jesson from the Unity Trust Bank, Kevan and Jack Netherwood from Clydesdale and Andrew Carver from Technology Solutions Northern Cross.

Southampton-based Amanda Morris provided support with her car at Brighton while her husband Mike Crehan took part in the ride.

Luke Palmer of Blake Morgan’s accounts team in Portsmouth also turned out, while solicitor Caroline van Zyl represented the firm’s Oxford office.