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King's Lynn accountants' charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:36 26 March 2011

Vikkie Ely, John Turner and Vicky Ling are leading a team of staff raising money for Macmillan.

Vikkie Ely, John Turner and Vicky Ling are leading a team of staff raising money for Macmillan.

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Staff from a King's Lynn accountancy firm will be adding up the numbers for a charity challenge to raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Accountants Vicky Ling and Vikkie Ely, from the Lynn office of Mapus-Smith and Lemmon, are leading a 36-strong team in a three-day 62 mile (100km) challenge which includes running, walking and cycling.

“Vikkie and I have taken part in the Race for Life for two years and we wanted to do something even more significant,” said Vicky Ling.

“We have homed-in on Macmillan’s Grand Idea challenge to celebrate 100 years of improving the lives of people affected by cancer by asking 100 local businesses to raise £1,000 each. We plan to exceed this by setting ourselves a traget of £5,000 and we are really pleased that so many of our colleagues are joining us,” she said.

The Mapus Charity Challenge stars with a cycle challenge on April 30 with a route between the firm’s offices in Lynn and Downham. Run in two circuits, the 18 cyclists have an option to compete both with a combined distance of 43.5 miles (70km).

The following day seven team members will join the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) on a 10k (6.2 mile) route around the town. On Monday, May 2, 26 members of staff will take part in a 12.4-mile (20km) walk from Downham to Lynn.

“This three day event is one of the most exciting and ambitious we have seen for our centenary challenge. It is fantastic they have so many staff involved and have set such an amazing fundraising target,” said Macmillan fundraising manager Luke Wheeler.

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