By: 30 August 2019

Solicitors and staff from Ison Harrison are gearing up to swap their office chairs for cycling saddles as part of a charity fundraising initiative and a firm-wide fitness drive.

Around 50 employees at the law firm are taking part in the initiative, which aims to raise £5,000 for Leeds-based charity Little Hiccups.

The activity is part of Ison Harrison’s new ‘Cycle September’ initiative encouraging health and wellbeing in the workplace with the intention of raising further funds. Little Hiccups is a Leeds-based support group for families who have a child with disabilities or special needs.

Kickstarting the #CycleSeptember campaign, Ison Harrison’s new Barnsley branch manager, Anne Robertson, will undertake a 127-mile sponsored bike ride along the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool Canal today and tomorrow.

Robertson has volunteered to take on the challenge to raise money for Little Hiccups. Other supporters of the charity will also be taking part in the race.

Previously a qualified nurse, Anne originally joined Ison Harrison in March 2018 and became branch manager of Barnsley in July this year.

From 1 September, the newly launched Ison Harrison Community Fund, an annual charity donation fund, will donate £1 for every mile cycled by Ison Harrison staff throughout the month.

Ison Harrison head of clinical negligence James Thompson has formed close links with Little Hiccups and is a trustee of the charity.

As Little Hiccups is celebrating 10 years of supporting children and families with additional needs, the charity has pledged to try to raise £10,000 every month this year. Staff from all of Ison Harrison’s 14 branches will be getting their bikes out and helping the charity to reach its target.

At the end of September, the miles cycled will be totalled up and turned into an equivalent donation to Little Hiccups, including the money raised from Robertson’s challenge.

Managing partner of Ison Harrison, Jonathan Wearing, who will also be taking part, commented: “We are hoping that with these two combined initiatives we reach our £5,000 target to support Little Hiccups whilst also helping to promote the wellbeing of our staff and recognise the great work Leeds City Council have been doing with the new cycle routes.”

“At Ison Harrison we believe in having a close connection in the communities we work in and this is a really positive way for the whole firm to come together in support of a deserving local cause.”

Pictured: Ison Harrison staff on Wellington Street, Leeds, outside their head office—Sarah Hills, Richard Coulthard and Curtis Wray