As is often the norm within the offices of the Square Mile, a lot of our time here at Haggie Partners is spent sitting at our desks. We might be rushed off our feet figuratively, but they remain firmly on the ground (or propped up on the desk in some cases – I joke!).
Yesterday, however, was different. Team Haggie rose from their spinny chairs in exchange for a rather more arduous variety of spinny chair – an exercise bike.
Ties were discarded, suits were swapped for sweats and leggings were wriggled in to (and that’s just the partners!) all in the name of charity. Allow me to explain…
Here at Haggie, we appreciate the value of literacy; after all, PR wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for artful language and effective linguistics. An organisation that recognises this more than any other is The Children’s Literacy Charity: a not-for-profit organisation that Haggie is proud to support.
The vision of The Children’s Literacy Charity is truly admirable: they strive to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their potential. Established in 1992, The Children’s Literacy Charity has its roots in Peckham where a group of former teachers recognised an overwhelming need for children and young people in local schools to receive additional support with literacy. They wasted no time in volunteering their energy and resources to work with children who were struggling to keep up with the basics and found that they were often facing a wide range of personal challenges that affected their ability to learn. They realised that through one-to-one, long-term supportive intervention, children were fully able to realise and unlock their potential.
So, in aid of this remarkable organisation, Haggie abandoned its daily routine of coffee, snacks and sitting (with a little work in between) in favour of doing their bit for charity. Together, we cycled a distance equivalent to travelling from our Cornhill office to Calais in France! For a usually stationary bunch, this was no mean feat!
To make things interesting, we invited in some of the Capsicum Re team to provide us with some (usually) friendly competition. Kicking things of at 9am sharp was Emma ‘The Mini Machine’ McCarthy, closely followed by Wiggins Warren and Rowena ‘Needs Work’ Nelson. Capsicum Re began making headway, but powering through for Team Haggie was Chanice ‘The Spinner’ Smith, ‘Racing’ Richard Adams and Sarah ‘The Speed’ Shephard.
It’s no surprise that we were left cycling long into the afternoon, after all, we spend most of our days in the comfort of our office chairs. Forging ahead for Team Haggie were ‘Bradders’ Bernhard, ‘Hardy’ Harvey and Hannah ‘The Hero’ Stewart, followed closely by ‘Maz n’ all that jazz’, ‘Nice-guy Nick and the Ravenscroft’, ‘Quick-foot’ Kuba and Becks ‘The Express’.
Triumphantly, and with pizza for fuel, we completed our 100 miles and figuratively pulled into Calais at 13:45, proudly finishing second to our Capsicum competitors (who, by the way, we do not recommend challenging to any physical contest!). After almost five hours of cycling, Team Haggie crossed the finishing line, delighted in the knowledge that we had done our bit for a remarkable cause.
Despite losing by 15 miles, we are proud to have shaken up our usual routine in support of The Children’s Literacy Charity. We may have been defeated (and spent the rest of the day slowly recovering) but we did it for a great cause. Furthermore, we are edging ever-closer to achieving our fundraising target, and would greatly appreciate any post-cycling support
Stay tuned for many more fundraising adventures here at Haggie, of which there will be many! Next up, on Friday 14 September, Damo ‘Spiderman’ Beeley takes on the abseil challenge on The Leadenhall Building. The mind boggles…