On Friday 30 April Jolyon Berry, Solicitor and head of the Employment team at Thompson Smith and Puxon, will be marking his 50th birthday with something different from the usual party. Instead, he will be running 50 miles over 5 consecutive days to raise money for three causes, both local and national.

Jolyon’s chosen causes are the Flying Seagull Project which helps children in refugee camps, the Wivenhoe Community Gig Rowing Club which is an unfunded community sports team and the Masonic Charitable Foundation which gives a wide range of grants and provides support services for financial, health, family and care-related needs.

This is not the first time Jolyon has embarked on charity challenges, in December last year Jolyon and his team mates of The Wivenhoe Corsairs raised over £1,400 for the Royal British Legion by completing a three hour coastal row down the Colne Estuary, rowing in the shape of a giant poppy.

Jolyon says: ‘the Covid Pandemic has hit the fund raising activities of many charities and unfunded organisations large and small. The three causes for whom I will be raising money are special to me for different reasons and each have been affected by the pandemic.  The 50 @ 50 challenge is my way of helping them, and trying to prove to myself that I can still run!’

Jolyon has been training regularly but admits that running 10 miles a day is harder than it used to be so all support is greatly appreciated. Thompson Smith and Puxon are pleased to support Jolyon in his challenge and wish him the best of luck. To read more about Jolyon’s challenge and to make a donation you can visit his donation page here.