Venture Insurance supports head injuries charity through Clipper yacht race and cycling feats
By RupertJ | Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 09:49
A Clifton insurance broker is supporting a mental health charity by sponsoring a yacht crew member in the first leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.
Fran Burgess, wife of Venture Insurance director Ian, approaching Rio de Janeiro with her crew in the Clipper race
Fran Burgess, wife of Venture Insurance director Ian, has a brother Richard Byrne who suffered serious brain injury in a skiing accident more than 10 years ago.
Richard now benefits from the facilities and services of head injury charity Headway, which has branches across the South West including one in Frenchay Hospital.
Since Richard's injury the 10 staff at Venture Insurance have contributed over £10,000 to the charity, which works to improve the lives of those who suffer brain injuries.
The team at the offices just off Whiteladies Road have over time organised or completed a series of fundraising challenges and events, including charity balls and endurance and cycling events.
Meanwhile Fran has done her most recent fundraising aboard a 70ft yacht, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from London to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and raising around £2,000 in the process.
The Clipper Round the World Race will see a fleet of 12 identical ocean-racing yachts taking 11 months to circumnavigate 40,000 miles around the globe.
Ian Burgess said: "We're a very close team at Venture and we're all incredibly proud of Fran for completing such a tough challenge.
"We are also proud to be continuing to support Headway in the work that they do, work which is close to our hearts given the tragic circumstances surrounding Richard."
Many of the Venture Insurance team are keen road cyclists and Ian recently completed a 100 mile cyclosportive event around Bristol and North Somerset, organised by the Bristol Property Agents Association (BPAA).
The event took place in September and saw more than 300 amateur cyclists riding courses of a variety of lengths around Bristol, Nailsea and Congresbury, over the Mendips and down to the historic city of Wells.
Venture Insurance is a relatively new business though the team have over 120 years experience – the founders determination to provide genuinely independent advice, combined with modern systems, gives their clients an edge when it comes to their business insurance.