EY sets 140 ft abseiling challenge for Sports Relief

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London, 23 March 2012: EY were pulling out all the stops on Friday (23 March) to beat the £87,000 the firm raised for Sport Relief in 2010, with an impressive indoor abseiling challenge and a sponsored 24 hour cycle ride.

Over 100 intrepid volunteers from the professional services firm were sponsored to abseil the 140 feet down the nine floors of EY’s London Bridge headquarters. Three members of the tax team also took part in a 24 hour non-stop indoor cycle challenge to cover the equivalent distance between each of the firm’s UK offices, clocking up 1,200 miles between them.

Other events taking place across London included a sports tournament at EY’s partner school, Bacon’s College in Bermondsey, a ‘Zumbathon’ and a curry and quiz night. Each of the firm’s UK offices also took part in fundraising activities to go the extra mile for Sport Relief.

Over the past 13 years, EY has raised nearly £500,000 for Sport Relief – a sister charity of Comic Relief. Through its role as honorary accountant, the firm processed more than 35,000 cheques and counted over £5,500,000 in donations last year. This was done by a dedicated team who put in 4,000 hours to process over 500 kg of post received from the public.

Providing this pro bono service helps to ensure that every penny raised goes towards helping people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

Steve Varley, EY’s UK country managing partner commented: “Every year we look forward to Sports and Comic Relief and the great opportunities it presents for our people to get involved with some exciting fundraising activities, from abseiling to endurance challenges. Our role as honorary accountant is an enormous privilege and we are delighted to celebrate our 13 year anniversary of working with this important charity.”