Squire Patton Boggs, alongside fellow lead sponsor WPP plc, has supported the fifth annual Guts in Motion challenge to raise money on behalf of the charity Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood. Ten riders from the firm took part in the three-day, 180-mile cycling event between Paris and London. Since 2010 the annual Guts in Motion challenge has generated nearly £450,000 for research programmes in the UK whose goal is to identify new therapies and ultimately seek a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. Sponsorship from Squire Patton Boggs and WPPP plc allows every penny raised to go directly to medical research.
Led by partner Bernhard Gilbey (London), who co-founded the Guts in Motion event, the Squire Patton Boggs cyclists included Laurence Winston, Helen McGhee, Emily Whitelock, Harriet Revington, Rosie Duckworth, Andrew Gregory (all London), Bob Shone (Leeds), Ben Chalkley (Brussels), and Sam Schlichenmayer (West Palm Beach).
This year’s fundraising has been boosted through a week-long static bike challenge in all of Squire Patton Boggs’ UK offices. Leeds, Manchester, London and Birmingham personnel have all raised funds to be split between Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood and the offices’ local charities.
Bernhard Gilbey commented: “We are delighted that our firm has once again been able to support the fundraising efforts of Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood. The charity provides some of the largest amounts in the UK to cutting-edge scientific research into the causes of and treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis and related diseases.”
Michael Seres, Chairman of Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood, said: “Without the support of Squire Patton Boggs and WPP we would not be able to run this event. On behalf of the charity and the research teams we fund I would like to thank all the individuals who stepped forward to help – the dozens of people who showed the commitment and determination to cycle every mile from Paris in sometimes dreadful weather, the many, many more who sponsor them so generously, and, this year as well, all those who have taken part in the static bike challenge across Squire Patton Boggs’ UK offices.”