Norwich firms compete in the name of charity

A chartered accountants is celebrating after beating more than 11 other professional firms in a gruelling sporting challenge for charity.

Lovewell Blake won the second annual Arnolds Sports Challenge as Norwich-based solicitors, bankers, architects and property consultants went head-to-head in aid of local charity Nelson's Journey.

The seven month contest saw the teams do battle in netball, tag rugby, canoeing, pool, rounders, darts, a city adventure race, 10-pin bowling and a quiz finale.

In all, the competing firms were able to raise �2,400 for Nelson's Journey, a charity that helps bereaved children in Norfolk.

Nelson's Journey is the charity of the year for chartered surveyors Arnold's.

The firm's sporting challenge co-ordinator, Craig Knights, said that the series of events had helped forge friendships as well as business relationships among 12 of the city's leading professional firms.

He said: 'Networking is such an important part of business nowadays, so we decided that we should try and inject some fun into the process – as well as the opportunity to indulge in a little exercise, at the same time as raising money for a local good cause.

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'For the second year running the challenge has been a great success, and we look forward to the third challenge in 2012.'

The trophy was presented to Lovewell Blake by Arnold's managing partner Guy Gowing after the final event, a pub quiz.

Finishing second to Lovewell Blake was property firm Targetfollow, while bankers at HSBC took bronze.

Other firms taking place were Ashton KCJ, Birketts, Chaplin Farrant, Cozens Hardy, Leathes Prior, PKF, R G Carter and Rogers & Norton.

Are you organising a challenge to raise money for charity? Contact Local Life editor Richard Wood on 01603 772423 or email