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James Walch and Mark Williams
Two members of staff at a Lichfield company have got on their bikes to raise money for charity. James Walch, a technician with city-based architects Brownhill Hayward Brown cycled to more than 11,000 feet in the course of scaling Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Mount Snowden in a gruelling seven-day challenge. As well as climbing by foot in the traditional way, James relied entirely on his bike to tackle the 500-mile route between the peaks. One of a group of six from Team Oodles, a Derby-based organisation that brings charities, fundraisers and financial advisers together, James helped to raise £6,000 for the Lymphoma Association, which provides information and support for those suffering from lymphatic cancer and their families. James, who lives in Lichfield, said:
“Our Three Peaks Challenge, which was a bit harder than the usual version, was great. We thought we would end up wrecked but surprisingly we finished feeling fresh and raring to go on our next cycle challenge.”
He isn’t the only biker at BHB Architects to get in the saddle for charity – associate Mark Williams is currently training hard to pedal from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in early August. Mark, also from Lichfield, is aiming to pedal 1,100 miles over 14 days to raise money for the MS Research and Relief Fund, which provides grants and support services for multiple sclerosis sufferers. He said:
“I aim to raise as much money for this worthy charity as possible from the trip, which will be entirely unsupported.”
Both men can be sponsored through BHB’s charity site at

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