THE tragic death of a co-worker has spurred colleagues at a chartered accountancy firm in Hadleigh to raise £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
High Street-based Walter Wright workers decided to organise a fundraising event in memory of their tax manager Alain Harris, who died last June.
He had gone into hospital as a day patient for a routine procedure but died following surgery.
“He had worked for the company for 24 years and we wanted to do something in his memory that all the staff could participate in,” said Anita Postle, the firm’s marketing manager.
“So we decided on a sponsored static cycle ride and set ourselves a target of raising £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation. We are delighted that we have tripled our original target and have just exceeded £6,000.”
The workers decided on a static cycle of 418 miles – the distance from Alain’s home town of Felixstowe to Edinburgh, as he had Scottish roots.
Anita said all the staff took part in the task and completed it in just a week.
“We all took turns every day doing a bit when we had a few minutes to spare,” she said.
“Our friends and family even came in to cycle when they heard what we were doing.
“It was great fun doing the miles. Friends, family and clients have been absolutely amazing with their donations and support – the total we have raised just goes to show how much Alain was loved and thought of by everyone.
“He was a lovely man and is greatly missed.
“We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us and those who actually came into the office and cycled some of the route with us – we are all very proud of what we have achieved for such a worthwhile cause in Alain’s memory.”