Posted on Thursday 13 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Charity Cycle

Peter Dixon, Group Chief Executive, Phoenix Group NI, Greg Lowson, Partner, Birmingham and one of the core riders and Stuart Nelson, Solicitor,Belfast

Cyclists at international law firm Pinsent Masons have lined up for an epic 1,000km charity bike ride spanning three jurisdictions and all of the firms' 8 UK offices.

The first leg departed from the firm's Aberdeen office on 9th September and over one hundred and fifty riders including staff and clients of the firm are taking part.

A core team of seven Pinsent Masons partners will complete the entire tour, travelling from Aberdeen to London via Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham. The sponsored cycle is in continued support of SOS Children – a charity supported worldwide by Pinsent Masons – and will also raise funds for local charities supported by each firm office.

SOS Children is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity, which the firm has proudly sponsored for over 6 years. The firm has provided business advice and helped to fund life changing projects in several countries. The latest is the construction of the newest SOS Children’s Village in Chipata, Zambia which will open on the 10th October. Thirteen family houses will provide a loving home for generations of children.

Greg Lowson, a Partner at Pinsent Masons who conceived of the initiative, says:

"We were looking for a suitably Olympian way to launch the new firm following the merger of Pinsent Masons with McGrigors and this seemed like a good way to achieve that whilst also raising some money for a good cause. SOS Children does extremely valuable work which we are keen to support."

Locally the team are also supporting NI Cancer Fund for Children. Pinsent Masons' Belfast Head of Office, Paul McBride commented: " While our Belfast cycle team of staff and clients are covering a 65 mile trek around the Ards Peninsula, we've lots of cycle related fundraising activites running in the office. Chain Reaction cycles have assisted us with a support vehicle and invaluable techincal advice and we are delighted that our local nomiated charity NI Cancer Fund for Children can also benefit from this intiative."

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