- David Bott to take on one of Europe’s toughest cycling sportives in July
- Solicitor will be tackling La Marmotte to raise money for charities that supported his terminally ill parents in their final months
- La Marmotte – which covers 109 miles and 5,180m of ascent – sees amateur cyclists training for years before attempting the challenge
- The route is so difficult that a safety car drives alongside participants, to rescue those who fall by the wayside
- David Bott on losing his parents to cancer and motor neurone disease: “This kind of trauma isn’t limited to the diagnosed – it has a catastrophic effect on friends and family as well.”
- Bott and Co Solicitors are giving away a GoPro Hero Camera and cycling kit to celebrate the event
Senior Partner, David Bott is taking on one of Europe’s toughest amateur cycling challenges in memory of his late parents, who both died of terminal illnesses.
David will be taking part in La Marmotte Sportive in France on 4th July 2015. La Marmotte – an annual one-day cyclosportive event – is one of the oldest and most famous sportives in Europe, and is also widely considered to be one of the most challenging.
Covering a distance of 109 miles, including 5,180m uphill, the event sees amateur cyclists making an ascent over four of the Tour de France’s infamous passes – with many cyclists training for years in the run up to attempting the route.
David – who has been cycling 195 miles a week in anticipation of the event – is taking part in the challenge to raise money for two charities: the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and Queenscourt Hospice in Southport.
The solicitor’s father received respite care at the hospice in his last three months of cancer in 2006. His mother died of MND (a progressive disease that attacks the nerves, brain and spinal cord) four years later, after receiving palliative care at the same hospice.
David Bott, Managing Partner at Bott and Co Solicitors said:
“The staff at Queenscourt Hospice are unbelievable – they made my parents’ last days as comfortable as possible, showing the kind of grace and compassion that you don’t often see in day-to-day life.
“I have also chosen to raise money for the MND Association because although there is not yet a cure for the disease, the Association do a great deal of hard work in research, care and support for MND sufferers and the people who love them.
“This kind of trauma isn’t limited to the diagnosed – it has a catastrophic effect on friends and family as well. Both charities do a great deal for those people too and it’s important they receive the funds they need in order to continue to do so.”
Denise Davies, Head of Community Fundraising at the MND Association, said:
“Without the amazing support of people like David, the MND Association would simply be unable to fund MND care, research and campaigning. Together we’re making a real difference for people living with MND and everyone who cares for them.”
David has so far managed to raise £1,500 of his target of £2,000 for the MND Association. To help him reach his target, supporters can donate to his JustGiving page. Bott and Co have promised to match the amount raised for the charity in a donation to Queenscourt Hospice.
To celebrate David’s efforts, Bott and Co Solicitors – who specialise in cycle accident claims – are giving away a GoPro Hero and two cans of Albedo 100 Reflective Spray. All entrants need to do to be in with a chance of winning is visit the Bott and Co Facebook page and comment on the competition post with their favourite photo of them with their bicycle.
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About Bott and Co Solicitors
Bott and Co is a multiple award-winning specialist no win no fee consumer rights solicitors firm based in Wilmslow, Cheshire with particular expertise in personal injury, flight delay and holiday illness claims.
The company was founded in 2001 by David Bott, Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt and was one of the first law firms to become an Alternative Business Structure.