Just over 12 months ago, we welcomed Thomas Horner into the firm in our Business Advisory Services team and he has settled in incredibly well to life at HNH.
Thomas now heads off for his ‘summer holidays’, which this year will consist of an arduous cycle from Innsbruck, Austria to Morzine in the French Alps. Covering 850kms over six days, Thomas and the group will pass through Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. In that time, they will average 140 km per day, climbing a total of nearly 20,000 meters of vertical ascent!
James Neill, Head of our Business Advisory Services team commented, ‘Thomas has fitted in really well into our wider office culture with so many of our staff involved in sports clubs or regular outdoor activity and we are very proud that he is now embarking on an incredibly grueling challenge for such a worthwhile cause.”
Setting off on 8th September, they cross seven hors catégorie (beyond categorisation) climbs; two of which are considered to be amongst the toughest climbs in Europe, the Passo dello Stelvio (above) is a daunting 24.3 km with an average 7.4% gradient, while the Col de Joux Plane, the final climb of the trip is 11.6 km with an 8.5% average gradient and is renowned as the climb that once broke Lance Armstrong.
Thomas will be riding as part of Ride2Recovery (https://www.ride2recovery.org), an initiative that was born 10 years ago after an horrific, unprovoked and senseless attack on Ollie Hemsley who was assaulted while on a night out with friends in London. Ride2Recovery was his brother Will’s attempt to focus on something positive during this very difficult time for Ollie and his family.
The 2019 edition of the ride will be their fourth outing and, across the three previous rides, they have managed to raise over £350,000 for some great causes. Their ambition with this ride is to reach a grand total of £500,000.
This time they are raising money for two fantastic charities, Tiny Tickers (https://www.tinytickers.org/) helping improve the detection, care and treatment of babies with serious heart conditions and Aspire (https://www.aspire.org.uk/) a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.
Any and all donations, no matter how small are sincerely appreciated – and warmly welcomed! Please follow this link if you would like to contribute. To see their progress, follow their Instagram (@Ride2RecoveryUK) for updates on the ride itself!