Mills & Reeve staff prepare to battle the elements for fundraising challenge

This summer, 15 employees from the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve will be taking part in a ‘reverse jailbreak’ challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The jailbreak challenge will take place on 16 June in the Peak District with the ‘jailbreakers’ dropped at random locations and tasked with navigating their way back to civilization. All the participants will have to walk a distance of between 15-20 miles and face additional challenges along the way.

To officially launch the challenge, Mills & Reeve held a ‘go mad, go green’ dress down day at its office on Colmore Row.

Employees donated money to dress down for the day, with some going the extra mile and wearing green to coincide with Macmillan’s logo. A total of £489.76 was raised on the day with further fundraising planned leading up to the challenge.

Lauren Grieve, a trainee solicitor who will be taking part in the ‘reverse jailbreak’ challenge, said: “To get back to camp we’ll be looking to cycle, run, walk, or even crawl if things become desperate.

“I’m sure we’ll have to battle the elements as well, even though it’s summer this is England so we’ll be expecting plenty of rain.”

Charlotte Darlow, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “It’s fantastic that so many of the staff have chosen to support us this year with the quirky reverse jailbreak challenge set to raise vital funds to support the work we do every day.”

The 15 members of staff from the Birmingham office will be taking part alongside a further 49 employees from Mills & Reeve offices around the country.

Each year Mills & Reeve donate around £65,000 to a variety of causes. Mills & Reeve employees are able to take part in fundraising initiatives thanks to its ‘give-a-day’ scheme which allows all staff a day’s paid leave each year to allow them to participate in community projects. Last year, 52 staff members successfully completed a climb up Mount Snowdon, while 40 employees took part in a 54-mile trans-Pennine cycle ride. Both challenges raised £17,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

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