Perrys Chartered Accountants complete charity challenge and 
raise close to £5,000 for Kent Cancer Trust

There were celebrations in all our offices this month after a group of Perrys staff raised a whopping £4,900 for our chosen charity, the Kent Cancer Trust. 
The six brave staff, from our Tunbridge Wells, City, Orpington and Wrotham branches, swapped their office for the great outdoors when they tackled the 100km Thames Path Challenge.

An annual event now in its fifth year, participants are given a maximum of 33 hours to complete the epic course from Putney to Henley in Berkshire.  Our team managed to complete the entire route in 24 hours and were delighted by the huge figure they raised for the charity.

We have been supporting The Kent Cancer Trust throughout 2016 and our grand total now stands at £9,400.  Earlier in the year our annual golf day, which was a huge success with 26 teams taking part, raised more than £4,200.

The Kent Cancer Trust does incredible work in the county, conducting vital research programmes while ensuring cancer patients have access to the best possible care and treatment.  The charity was founded in 2004 and provides a link between scientists, doctors and the public to make sure Kent retains the highest possible status in cancer treatment.

The six staff who undertook the mammoth task and completed the Thames Path Challenge on September 10th were Simon Hayden and Carolyn Murphy from our Tunbridge Wells office, Jamie Russell from our Wrotham office, our CEO Stewart Pope from our City office and Steve Hale and Zoe Gibbons from our Orpington office. They were joined by Steve's brother Mark and friend Peter Sutton along with his son Luke.

The team suffered blisters and a varying degree of emotions throughout and crossed the finish line both delighted and relieved, with everyone extremely proud of their achievement.  
Stewart said: 

"It was a tough day with some very difficult points along the way, but everyone kept each other motivated and the team spirit was great.
"It was an incredible feeling to cross the finishing line and, despite the blisters, finishing in 24 hours proved our training had paid off. The icing on the cake was raising such a huge amount for such an important charity."

You can still support the Perrys team by making a donation here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PerrysAccountants 
To read a first-hand account of what it was like on the walk, read Simon's blog here