Photo caption (l-r): John Martin, Richard Leece, James Coppock, Nathan Fitzpatrick
Four local estate agents from Gascoigne Halman braved one of this summer’s hottest days so far, in order to complete their very own version of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) earlier this month. The team who were inspired by this year’s Le Tour De France managed to raise over £1200 in sponsorship. They chose four charities to receive a share of the money including local charity The East Cheshire Hospice based in Macclesfield.
Keen to complete their cycle in just one day, James Coppock and Nathan Fitzpatrick planned a condensed version of the TPT, on which they were joined by Richard Leece who acted as the official paceman and Gascoigne Halman surveyor John Martin. The 60 mile challenge began at Southport Pier, passing by all the Gascoigne Halman offices before finally finishing in Didsbury.
Despite a late start and temperatures which reached up to 29 degrees, the team made it back to Didsbury just in time for closing. James commented, “We started off a little later than we planned which meant we had added pressure to complete the TPT in just 7 hours instead of 8. From Southport beach we passed through a mix of picturesque countryside, railways and canal towpaths before reaching Manchester Ship Canal. Carrying on through the scorching heat we headed next to Stockton Heath, passing through Lymm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Sale Waterpark and Chorlton before screeching to the doors of the Didsbury office bang on 5:30pm, phew!
“I’m really pleased that we managed to achieve what we set out to do, we all had a fantastic day and are extremely proud to have raised such a significant amount money for East Cheshire Hospice. Our Just Giving Page is still available if anyone would like to make a donation, you can find it at: https://www.justgiving.com/James-Coppock.”
East Cheshire Hospice care for people suffering from life limiting illnesses as well as their families and carers, across Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere else in between. Gascoigne Halman have chosen to raise money for three local hospices this year, East Cheshire Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice.