16 October 2020
A YORKSHIRE estate agent is aiming to go “Around the World in 80 Days” in a bid to raise thousands-of-pounds for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.
Following in the footsteps of the Jules Verne characters Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, staff from letting and residential sales specialist, Linley & Simpson, are attempting to cover the distance around the world, 24,901 miles (40,075km), not by balloon, but on two feet and two wheels - and without travelling far from home.
To reach their target a combined daily distance of 311 miles (505km) needs to be covered by the participants, whose movements - be it walking, running or cycling - are being recorded on a smartphone tracking app.
Martin House, based at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, supports families across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing support and palliative care for children and young people with life limiting conditions.
Will Linley, Linley & Simpson Chief Executive and Co-Founder, said: "Because Covid has denied us the opportunity of taking part in a series of planned fundraising activities for Martin House, we have now devised this challenge as our grand sponsored finale of 2020.
"With a combined workforce of 260 employees, we hope we can achieve what the characters in the classics Jules Verne novel did, when they went 'Around the World in 80 Days', but in our case without setting foot outside of the county!
Becky Beevers, Martin House Partnerships Manager, said:& Simpson for their continued support, which means a great deal to us.
"I wish them all the very best for this 80-day challenge, and look forward to following their progress over the coming weeks."
To donate and keep up to date with this challenge, please visit: https://martinhouse.enthuse.com/cf/linley-and-simpson-s-around-the-world-challenge