Sintons Trainees to undertake 140 mile international cycling challenge


A group of aspiring young lawyers at law firm Sintons are taking on a 140 mile international cycling challenge to raise money for the firm’s nominated charity, Daft as a Brush.

Eight trainees and apprentices at the Newcastle-based firm are planning to take on a Port2Port expedition, which will see them travel from Newcastle to Amsterdam over three days.

The challenge will see the group take the ferry from the UK then cycle from Zeebrugge in Belgium to the Netherlands, finishing on Sunday, May 5 in Amsterdam.

The trek is raising money for Daft as a Brush, Sintons’ staff charity, and will play a role in raising the firm’s £15,000 target which will enable the purchase of an ambulance for the much-loved good cause, which provides staffed custom-made vehicles to offer free transport to and from hospital appointments for chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients. The much-loved charity covers in and around Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Northumberland and Durham.

The group – trainees Ed Forshaw, Caitilin Hepworth, Sophie Townes, Liam Anderson and Jay Balmer, alongside solicitor apprentices Nathan Johnson, Leah Greenwell and Saffron Sinclair – are set to begin training for the challenge soon and are appealing for donations to help them on their way.

The event is the latest ‘trainee challenge’ to be held at the firm, with previous fundraising efforts including the Coast2Coast cycle ride and the Three Peaks Challenge.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Over the past few years, our trainees have made a number of significant achievements through their fundraising efforts, and have raised several thousands of pounds in the process too. Their challenges are very ambitious and often pose personal challenges to members within the group – we have examples previously of trainees who have committed to cycling challenges without being experienced riders, or even owning a bike!

“As well as being important fundraising opportunities, they also prove vital in teambuilding and in strengthening the relationship and dynamic among our trainee and apprentice group. This is something we are keen to encourage at Sintons throughout the firm, and we are delighted to see our young people have again taken it upon themselves to challenge themselves in this way. We wish them the best of luck with the Port2Port.”

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