Deloitte rowers stick their oar in for charity

Deloitte corporate finance manager Martin Prophet and tax manager Stuart Woodward put in an ‘oar-some’ performance by taking part in a charity ‘rowathon’ organised by the firm.

Martin, who specialises in forensic and dispute services, and Stuart both work at Deloitte’s Birmingham office. They joined 70 other employees from across the UK to take part in the event to help raise more than £80,000 for Deloitte’s two national charity partners, Cancer Research UK and NSPCC

As part of the rowathon challenge, each person had to complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles on an indoor rowing machine, which took Martin and Stuart 3 hours 25 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes respectively to complete.

Martin said: “Having run the Birmingham Half Marathon in October I wanted a different challenge and the Rowathon definitely provided that.  I only had six weeks after the run to train for the event and was a little apprehensive on the day since I’d only managed to get up to 17.5 miles in training.

“However, a combination of camaraderie, grim determination and the knowledge that so much generous sponsorship from friends and colleagues rested on us finishing helped us get through it.  That and a number of glucose drinks.”

Stuart said: “It is great that as a team and as a firm we were able to raise such a significant sum of money for charity and we are proud to have played our part in the wider context of Deloitte’s Community Investment programme.”

Robert Bryant, a Deloitte partner who organised the event, said: “Based on the success of last year there was an overwhelming demand to participate in this gruelling challenge. The response from our clients has been equally inspiring with many volunteering to sponsor our endeavours and some even going as far as committing to participate if the event is held next year.”   



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