To celebrate Robson Laidler’s 100th anniversary and generate vital support to charities hampered by lockdown, the firm of accountants, business consultants and wealth managers has launched a 100 Year Fitness Charity Challenge.


Almost 40 staff, across its offices in Jesmond and Durham along with their friends and family are taking on the physical challenge to either run, walk or cycle 100 miles before Christmas to raise funds for its Charity of the Year Macmillan in the North East.


It is hoped that this 100-year challenge will help to further support Macmillan, which has recently announced potential redundancies amid £175m coronavirus losses.


The firm, whose purpose is to “Make a positive difference to people’s lives” has already smashed its initial charity target of raising more than £100,000 for North East charities as part of its centenary year celebrations.


Client manager Andrea Simmons who initiated the idea of the challenge said: “2020 is our 100th year in business and due to Covid-19 restrictions we have not been able to celebrate in the way we had originally planned. We therefore decided to launch a firm-wide challenge for charity to mark the occasion.


“We wanted to make the challenge accessible for all and that’s why we decided to launch something whereby staff could either run, walk or cycle 100 miles over the remainder of our landmark year – that’s 1 mile for every year we’ve been in business.


“Macmillan North East is our Charity of the Year and our hopes to raise money for them have been seriously hindered by lockdown. Our team have committed to the challenge in a bid to raise much needed funds for them. We would greatly appreciate any support people can give. Let’s make something positive come out of this year.”


Robson Laidler are Continuing Excellence partners in the Northern TUC Better Health at Work Awards and as such health and wellbeing form a main part of its working culture.


People can donate via Just Giving here:

And follow the journey by using the hashtag #TeamRL