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The Mortgage Mole


CANCER RIDE September appears to be the month of charity in the financial world with several industry heavyweights doing their bit for a good cause.

First up it’s the MoneySpinners (see picture, right), consisting of 16 cyclists from the industry including Spicerhaart’s Alison Beech. The team of senior executives aims to cycle more than 9,300 miles collectively to raise over £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This will be the second MoneySpinners charity ride following the success of last year’s event, where the group travelled from Lands End to John O’Groats, raising £150,000 for charity in the process.

“We shall finish the night before my 52nd birthday, so I plan to enjoy a good red wine with dinner and hope I can stay awake long enough to finish it,” Beech told Mole.

To donate visit www.moneyspinners.

HOMELESS HELP Meanwhile, marketing guru Ian Giles is donning his walking boots to raise money for homeless charity Shelter.

“As befits a man sliding towards his 47th Christmas I’m going to try and conquer some of the Pyrenees with a friend,” Giles told Mole. “He’s kitted me out with a survival bag and a whistle in case he has to leave me to get help.”

The pair will be walking for around 10 hours a day and hope to cover around 80 miles in four days, ascending and descending around 10,000 feet.

To sponsor the pair simply visit



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