Employees of Mansfield-based Stopford Associates are running, cycling and swimming 25 miles to raise £2,500 for three local charities in October 2019.
Founded by Brian Stopford in September 1994, the firm of chartered accountants and business advisers has grown from a kitchen table business of four people to a thriving company with 25 employees.
To celebrate the firm’s 25 years in business, those taking part in the Stopford’s Challenge 25 will run 13 miles in the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon on October 20th, cycle 11 miles around Mansfield visiting clients on October 29th, and swim one mile in one hour at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex on October 30th.
All the money raised will go directly to three local charities: S.H.E. UK, Mansfield Street Pastors and Rumbles Catering Project.
S.H.E. UK supports survivors of childhood sexual abuse, exploitation and sexual violence through a holistic range of services, including 1-to-1 and crisis therapy, support groups, creative therapy and personal development. The charity also provides training for other organisations.
Mansfield Street Pastors make Mansfield town centre a safer place on Saturday nights. Over 35 volunteers from churches in and around Mansfield patrol the streets in teams, offering help to people leaving pubs and clubs, whether it is a bottle of water, first aid or a shoulder to cry on.
Rumbles Catering Project gives young people with learning disabilities a great start in life through its catering and life skills training course and voluntary work placements. Students can progress onto professional NVQ courses in Catering, Customer Service and Hospitality, helping them bridge the gap between education and employment combined with independent living.
“Times are tough for many small charities at the moment,” said Phil Nicholson, Director of Stopford Associates. “There aren’t as many grants around as there may once have been, which means many of them are relying on donations to continue their work. We’d like to do our bit to help!”
The money raised will help these charities carry on with the excellent work they do in Mansfield and the surrounding area. To support the challenge, please visit the Stopford’s Challenge 25 JustGiving page.
In September, Stopford Associates also celebrated its 25th anniversary with a week-long homemade cake sale in aid of Children in Need, a charity it has supported for many years. The company has always tried to support local charities, hosting summer barbecues with games and fun events in the past. Every year, they think of new ways to fundraise and plan to continue this in the future.
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Notes to Editors
About Stopford Associates: Founded in September 1994, Stopford Associates provides a full range of accountancy services, including bookkeeping, payroll, accounts preparation, audits and tax planning. Stopford Associates is passionate about helping new businesses to succeed, offering its free Flying Start package, which assists with developing business ideas, preparing cash flow forecasts, writing business plans and raising funding.
For more information on Stopford Associates, visit http://stopfords.co.uk/
Pictured are Phil Nicholson, Dylan Garfoot & Glen Wood, who will all be doing the bike ride part of the challenge on the 29th October.