A record-breaking charitable run

Moore Stephens’ largest ever team of runners took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race on Monday 24 July – raising a record sum for charity in the process.

This is the 13th year in a row that the firm has entered a team in the 5k race, having taken part since the start of the annual event. The race attracts team from accountancy, banking, the media, insurance and legal sectors.

This year Moore Stephens entered a team of 50 – up from 30 in 2016 – reflecting the firm’s increased size in recent years and the enthusiasm for sporting events among staff.

The firm paid the entry fee of £30 per person, with £10 of that going to the official race charity, Seeing is Believing, which is committed to help tackle avoidable blindness across the world. In addition, Moore Stephens set up its own fund-raising page encouraging donations from runners and their colleagues in support of the firms’ own Charity of the Year, MacMillan Cancer Support, resulting in another £1,710 of charitable funding.

“In total we raised £2,210 for the two charities,” reports Moore Stephens’ team captain Amy Swales, senior marketing manager. “So this year we entered our biggest team and raised the largest amount of money yet.”

Moore Stephens’ star runners were Paul Turner, a senior financial analyst, who crossed the line with a time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds (ranking him 216th in a field of around 6,000) and Maddie Heywood, an executive in Corporate Audit and the firm’s fastest female with a time of 21 minutes 55 seconds.

The 5k route started and finished at the Honourable Artillery Company and took in several City landmarks, including Tower 42, the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral. The Moore Stephens team also ran past their own office at 150 Aldersgate Street – but resisted the temptation to pause for a rest.