Law team swap briefs for bikes
Local solicitors from left Tim Bartlett, Richard Mason and Tim Phipps who are taking part in a 100Km cycle ride around London in June raising funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jun 2017
Three representatives from the North Lincolnshire law firm of Mason Baggott and Garton will swap briefs for bikes this weekend to raise cash for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
And for partner Richard Mason, the 100-kilometre night-time challenge in London on Saturday (June 10) will be a personal tribute to his late father, Sir John Mason.
Mr Mason explained: "My father was killed by pancreatic cancer after being the senior partner of this firm for almost 40 years.
"It's a wickedly insidious form of cancer because the symptoms often don't present until it's too late for meaningful treatment.
"My dad lived for just 15 months following the diagnosis and that is far longer than many other sufferers. It has the lowest survival rate of all cancers but it receives very little funding for research. Forty years ago three per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer lived for five years. That figure is still 3 per cent."
Mr Mason will be joined by fellow solicitor Tim Phipps and practice manager Tim Bartlett in the capital for the Nightrider charity bike ride, which starts from the Olympic velodrome at 11.15pm. Together they will be known as FOSILs – Fairly Old Solicitors in Lycra.
But Mr Mason admitted he faced a hard slog.
He revealed: "Before this, my only serious cycling was to the sweet shop and back in Winterton 35 years ago."
Mr Phipps, who completed a coast to coast cycle ride last year, was in a more confident mood.
He said: "We're looking forward to staying safe, having fun, seeing London from a different perspective and raising as much money as we possibly can for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund."
If you want to sponsor the FOSILs, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/MBandG. Alternatively, cheques made payable to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund can be forwarded to the Mason Baggott and Garton office at 25 Bigby Street, Brigg, DN20 8ED.