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Charity challenge to mark firm’s 25-year milestone

Posted onPosted on 10th Oct

Employees of Mansfield-based Stopford Associates are running, cycling and swimming 25 miles to raise £2,500 for three local charities in October.

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 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, Mansfield.

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.

Mansfield Street Pastors make Mansfield town centre a safer place on Saturday nights. More than 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.

“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 are doing our bit to help!”

To support the challenge, visit the Stopford’s Challenge 25 JustGiving page.

In September, Stopford Associates held 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, it thinks of new ways to fundraise and plans to continue this in the future.