BDO takes on ride across the UK for charity

A team of more than 90 people from accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP is taking on one of the biggest cycle challenges this month, riding 900 miles from John o’ Groats to Land’s End in a bid to raise £250,000 for charity this year.

Three people from the Southampton office at BDO will be taking part in the ride down the length of Britain.  They are raising money for local cancer research charity, Seward Cancer Foundation.

The gruelling challenge will commence on 13 July, finishing ten days later on 22 July.  Colleagues from every BDO office in the UK are taking part; 45 will be enduring the full route, and a further 45 riding at least one stage of the journey. The team will cycle an average of 90 miles a day, across some of the UK’s most beautiful but demanding terrains.

BDO’s Jonathan Watts, ride coordinator and manager in the corporate finance team in Southampton, will be joined by colleagues Emily Capron and James Brown from the Southampton office, based at Ocean Village.

Also taking part are the national Managing Partner Simon Michaels and Head of Regions Jeff Jones.

Jonathan Watts comments:  “It is an exciting yet nerve wracking challenge that will no doubt push us all to our limits. But we are aiming to raise considerable amounts of money for a very worthwhile cause and we are proud to play a part in that.

“We encourage everyone, from friends and family, clients and contacts, to rally up support and help us achieve our £250,000 target.”

BDO Southampton, which offers all of its people six paid working days per annum for community volunteering projects and charities, has a packed month of fundraising activities planned, including a Wii sports competition, a race night for staff, cake bake sales, car washing and dress down days.

Hotel chain Premier Inn has partnered with BDO to provide the riders and support crew with overnight accommodation across the UK for the duration of the ten day challenge.

For more information and to sponsor the BDO team in its ‘One Firm Challenge’, visit and follow their progress on Twitter at @BDObikeride.