How do you prepare for a 360 mile bike ride?

How do you seriously prepare for a 360 mile bike ride? That’s the question that has been running through my head ever since I agreed to join two of my Grant Thornton colleagues on an epic adventure around Scotland.

In August, our team of three will pedal our way around the country, stopping off at Maggie’s Centres in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Larbert, Monklands and Glasgow.

It’s going to be four incredibly gruelling days, but it’s for an amazing cause.

Maggie’s Centres is a charity providing support and a comfortable environment for people undergoing cancer treatment. Despite offering such a crucial service, it’s run entirely on donations, so every single penny raised through fundraising drives and initiatives keeps the centres open.

Our team was inspired to take on the nationwide challenge by our colleague Gill Hunter, who survived bowel cancer and now does a huge amount to raise cash for Maggie’s Centres. It’s her way of giving something back to an organisation that helped her through her darkest days.

So, every day when I have that inevitable question about preparedness in my head, I realise I’ve already got the answer. I want to do my bit to help a truly inspiring group of people who are changing lives every day.

If you want to help me and my team mates in August, please donate anything you can. Our target is £20,000 and every penny counts. We really appreciate all the support we can get.

On behalf of Maggie’s Centres, thank you!

Paula Fraser is a Tax Director at Grant Thornton in Scotland.

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