Going the extra mile for the ICAS Foundation
ICAS Vice President, Alison Cornwell CA, is cycling 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats over nine days to raise £25,000 for the ICAS Foundation
The ICAS Foundation supports academically talented students from disadvantaged communities to study accountancy and finance at university, offering bursary funding, mentoring support and help with finding internships and graduate jobs.
During her term as Vice President, Alison Cornwell plans to focus on the three main themes of support, strategy and action. For the theme of action, she has pledged to take part in a challenging charity bike ride, through which she aims to raise enough money to fund several new bursaries for ICAS Foundation students.
Hear from Alison on the motivation behind this fundraiser:
"I have always admired the work of the ICAS Foundation. It increases access to the profession and is very much a force for good. I am staggered by the statistic that 97% of Foundation students achieved an upper 2nd or 1st class degree last year.
After reading some highly motivational student stories, I decided to take action to promote awareness and raise money for the Foundation. I am going to do this by cycling 1000 miles across Britain in nine days this September.
My fundraising target is £25,000. Why £25,000? We have almost 25,000 Members worldwide and if each Member gave just £1 we would be able to fund 10 student bursaries for one year.
I am covering all costs (including ICAS Foundation branded cycling tops), so every penny of sponsorship will go directly to the Foundation.
Cycling 110 miles (177km) every day for nine days will be challenging – not least because the overall elevation is 53,000ft (16,200m), which is almost two Mount Everests!
Look out for my training updates in the lead up to the event and posts about my progress as I ride north.
You can view the countdown to my cycle and track the fundraising progress so far here.
Please contribute what you can for our Foundation students, thank you in advance for your support.”
Alison and her bike:
The cycle route from Land’s End to John O’Groats: