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CBS News London raise over £18K for RPT

CBS News London raise over £18K for RPT

A huge thank you and congratulations to the CBS News team who completed their London Triathlon on Saturday!

Nine CBS News relay teams swam 750m, ran 5k and cycled 20km in memory of fallen colleagues, Paul Douglas and James Brolan who were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. 

In doing so, they raised an impressive £18,158 for the Trust. 

"Now that it’s over I’m bursting with pride with everyone at CBS News London," said Bureau Chief Andy Clarke. "Every single person played a role in raising over £18K, and with the Gift Aid it’s closer to £20K. We are very proud to support the important work that the Rory Peck Trust conducts on a daily basis. Without them, freelancers, media workers and their families would have no safety net in times of trouble."

Throughout the day, it was clear that James and Paul’s memory lived on amongst the team. As triathlon organisers roused swimmers just before the race, their last rallying cry was "I'M SPARTACUS!" - not only a favourite saying of Paul's, but one that was fondly referred to at his funeral. “A certainty almost that Paul and James were having a laugh at our expense” added Clarke.

"By remembering even one fallen colleague, you are remembering them all. To our good friends at CBS News in London - we're always happy to learn more about James and Paul, and pleased that we can play a part in keeping memories of them alive” said Tina Carr, Director of RPT. "We are so grateful to you for this stunning effort and for your commitment to the Rory Peck Trust. And to all the friends of our friends at CBS News — thank you. At a time when journalists are being targeted and silenced more than ever before, this significant sum of money will really help us to continue our work."

CBS News London's team for the London Triathlon 2015

The CBS teams who took part in the triathlon are as follows:

  • Jo Douglas / Agnes Reau / Nick Turner – FLASH FRAMES
  • Delphine Reau / Barny Smith / Leigh Kiniry – LUNCH CLUB
  • Rose Manister / Brian Kelly / Steve Berriman – SCRATCH TRACKS
  • Geoff Mabberley / Mark Phillips / Andy Clarke – MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra)
  • Cath Longbottom / Mark Ludlow / Ralph Mealor – UNPROFESSIONALS
  • Jack Howell / Peter Walker / Alex Clarke – ROUGH CUTS
  • Claire Day / Alison Chomiak / Jim Williams – HOT ROLLERS
  • Mark Chapman / Jonathan Vigliotti / Deb Thomson –  FINAL CUTS
  • Mike Crean / Camilo Toro / Anthony Wood – LOWER THIRDS




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Photographs courtesy of Nick Follows and Karen Wykurz 

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