Readers of Professional Adviser and IFAonline.co.uk have helped raise more than £8,000 for the Stroke Association, a charity that is supporting Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) chief executive Nick Cann in his recovery from a stroke.
Advisers and providers raised the impressive total in a number of ways, including by text-voting for their favourite candidate in the Personality of the Year category at last month's Professional Adviser Awards.
Additionally, attendees took part in a silent auction on the evening of the awards, and also generously dipped into their pockets to donate cash and cheques.
Nick is recovering from a stroke that took place in March last year. Nick's improvement in the interim has been marked, and Professional Adviser was delighted to welcome him to the awards ceremony on 13 February.
Including the individual fundraising efforts of Jo Cann and Julie Lord, plus the total raised via Professional Adviser, the amount that will be donated to the Stroke Association currently exceeds £17,000.
Beginning 7 May, and covering an average of some 60 miles a day for five days, Jo and Julie are cycling from London to Paris.
Speaking at last month's award ceremony, both described how training had been going (or not, in the case of Julie (pictured below), who had snapped a cruciate ligament while skiing) and the support provided by the Stroke Association during Nick's recovery.
Julie has now recovered from her injury, and training began again in earnest at the weekend. "My injury doesn't seem to be troubling me too much," she said, "so onwards and upwards!"
There are also plans to raise more money for the Stroke Association: staff at Friends Life, where Jo works, are planning a cake sale and raffle next month.
So far, it has been an overwhelming response from professional advisers and providers alike to support Jo and Julie in their charity efforts.
On behalf of everyone involved, we would like to say a massive thank you to all those who donated.
Keep an eye out in Professional Adviser and on IFAonline.co.uk in the coming weeks and months for news about Jo and Julie's training, and how they did on the ride itself. We're all behind you, Jo and Julie!
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