Lawyers do their bit for Maggie

Big-hearted Tayside lawyers will be swapping the comfort of their office for the fresh air of the countryside to raise vital funds for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Thorntons solicitors and friends have again entered a team into the annual Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike challenge – a 73-mile route taking place in the scenic Scottish Highlands.

And to start off this year’s fundraising efforts the company is raffling off a painting donated from well-known local artist Jack Knox.

The picture currently has pride of place in the reception of the Yeaman Shore Office, in Dundee, and is attracting attention from visitors.

Over the years, Thorntons has raised more than £36,000 for the charity and the team, led by joint managing partner, Craig Nicol, is already looking forward to the challenge.

Craig said: “Maggie’s is a fantastic charity and the team immediately jumped at the chance to get involved with the Monster Bike and Hike challenge again. We are also extremely grateful to Jack for donating this lovely painting to start us on our fundraising campaign. We are hoping to raise £6,500 and will be hosting a range of events over the next few months to help us reach that target.”

The 13-strong crew will begin their journey at Neptune’s Staircase, three miles North West of Fort William, on May 5 and will cycle the 31.5 miles to Fort Augustus. Once there, they will switch their bikes for boots and hike 41.2 miles to Inverness. The challenge should take approximately 22 hours.

Craig added: “It’s not one for the faint hearted and we are already in training to make sure we are fully prepared for what lies ahead.”

The Thorntons team taking part in the challenge, alongside Craig, will be Gordon McBean, partner in the Litigation department, Michelle Adam, an associate also in the Litigation department, receptionist Kirstie Bayliss, Oonagh Webster, director of office services, Caroline Petrie, paralegal, and partner, Ewan Miller.