Lupton Fawcett team take on sportive in memory of colleague

Fundraising in memory of beloved colleague

Four cyclists representing Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett LLP will be taking on a 92 mile sportive in aid of charity when the UCI Road World Championships comes to Yorkshire this September.

The riders are all cycling in memory of former colleague Judy Vennard, a secretary at the firm, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last year aged just 53 years old. Judy’s husband Colin will be heading up the team of cyclists when they set off on the long route of the sportive on the 22nd September.

Colin feels passionate about fundraising for Leeds Cares as he wants to give back for the care and compassion Judy received as a patient at the Leeds Cancer Centre.

Colin with wife Judy

Colin said “It’s been just over a year since Judy’s first appointment at St James’ Hospital and eight months since she died. The care we received on the ward, and at Leeds Cancer Centre was second to none and the staff were just absolutely amazing. Throughout our grief and our training for this ride, the thing that keeps us going is knowing we’re giving back and we’re hopefully going to make a difference for other patients treated in Leeds. 

Lupton Fawcett’s Managing Director Jonathan Oxley will also be getting in the saddle to support the team this September. He said “Leeds Cares is the Leeds Office Charity of the Year for Lupton Fawcett LLP. This charity cared and supported one of our colleagues, sadly to the end, and we felt that we had to do everything we could to raise funds for the future of others in the Leeds City region.”

As the official fundraising partner to the UCI Road World Championships, Leeds Cares will be using donations given during the event to support even more patients and families treated at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The wider Lupton Fawcett team will be getting behind the team of cyclists to help them achieve their target of raising £5,000. They already have bake sales, a sweepstake and a fayre planned to raise the much-needed funds.