While athletes around the world prepare to transport the Olympic torch from Athens to London for next year’s Olympics, South-East based chartered accountancy firm Hillier Hopkins LLP have been gearing up for a challenge of their own a little closer to home.

The firm is taking part in the UK200Group’s “Not the Olympics 2012” charity campaign, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society. Participating member firms have been tasked with relaying an Olympic-style torch by imaginative forms of transportation across the country, finishing at the Olympic Stadium in London in time for the group’s annual conference in November. The event kicked off in Perth, Scotland, in May.

On September 13, Hillier Hopkins’ leg of the relay will kick-off at the firm’s Hemel Hempstead office. From there Managing Partner Grant Franklin will transport the torch in style, in a Riley Brooklands 1928 classic car no less, kindly lent to the firm by David Furnell of Furnells Transports. With Mr Furnell driving, the team will make their way to the to the Beaconsfield office of Harwood Hutton, the next participating firm. There the torch will be handed over ready for the next part of its journey. 

Grant Franklin, Managing Partner at Hillier Hopkins LLP, said: “We are thrilled to be part of an event that is in aid of such a worthy cause. A big thank you to David Furnell for the use of the stunning classic car and for also taking part.

“We hope as many people as possible will dig deep to sponsor us in our efforts. The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s.”