For the second year running, e3 employment law decided against indulging in the season’s traditional corporate hospitality. This time it was in favour of raising awareness and funds for The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, based in Manchester, which treats over 40,000 patients a year. Sunday 8th December 2013 saw the e3 partners and four other team members in full santa regalia warming up “Santa Gang Nam style” in Media City before embarking on the 5km Salford Quays "dash".
It would be fair to say that some Santas were more dashing than others and it was one of our more agile (and much younger) team members who first completed the course – in a swift 21 minutes. Some 2-3 minutes later, over 40 stones of heavyweight legal momentum, in the form of e3’s partner complement, thundered over the finish line, followed shortly by the remaining team members and concerned paramedics.
Having successfully completed the course, Dan Bickerstaffe commented through his beard, “That was a genuinely unique experience. Building it in to the firm’s year round programme of community contribution made it really worthwhile. We’ve learned more about the work of The Christie through the event and we'll be delighted to build on those links in the future”
Nick Jones (who last ran properly about 15 years ago) added, “We’ve never been lawyers who default to the path of least resistance for our clients, so why would the “dash” be any exception? The easy road isn't always the best one; we are always prepared to take the hard road if it makes a positive difference. Running today in full fancy dress was one way we could make a small difference to an important work”
As he recovered with the help of a mulled wine and 7 mince pies in the Victorian market, and amid rumours that he was indeed the Santa, Simon Ost concluded: “The support and encouragement we’ve received from our clients and business contacts as well as friends and family has been genuinely humbling. It is a testament to the genuine partnerships we build with our clients and partners”
We would like to thank all those who sent messages of encouragement in the run-up to the “dash”, and who supported us on the day. A special thank you goes to everyone who made very kind donations to further the excellent work of The Christie.
Most of us will know someone who has benefited from The Christie’s excellent work. You can find out more at www.christie.nhs.uk
Financial support may be offered direct to The Christie or via our JustGiving page which we have been asked to keep open through to the New Year.