60 members of Nottingham’s professional community came together to take part in Fraser Brown Solicitors’ ‘Espionage Missions’ event which raised £550 for its charity of the year, John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre.
The event, which took place on 27 September, began at Alea Casino where the players were split into 12 teams. Far from your typical fundraiser, participants were briefed on their mission, which saw players covering the breath of Notitngham city centre to source answers to clues. The teams, many of which were in fancy dress, sprinted past puddles and people, answering puzzles and riddles in a bid to unlock zones in the fastest time.
Natalie Gibbons, senior associate in the Commercial Property team at Fraser Brown Solicitors, was the imagination behind the event:
“I first took part in an Espionage Missions event with a group of friends, and found it entertaining yet challenging. At Fraser Brown we are always looking for fun and innovative ways to raise funds for our charity of the year and I knew this was a really engaging activity for people to take part in.
“We had a brilliant turnout, even in the rain, and the team and I are really grateful for those who came along and took part and donated.”
GPS trackers in-hand, the likes of Santander, Mazars, FHP and Cartwright King faced firm competition from Ropewalk, Fraser Brown Solicitors, Smith Cooper and Wright Vigar. Alea Casino, Botham Accounting and Brewin Dolphin were also strong contenders, with activities taking them anywhere from Nottingham Rail Station, to the St Peters Church and the Bell Inn. Winners of the day were Fraser Brown Solicitors for team A, and Botham Accounting for team B.
Ashley Power, an accountant at Botham Accounting, saw the event as a refreshingly different fundraising opportunity:
“I thought it was a fun and adrenaline filled team game with some great puzzles and a very clever use of the city’s landmarks and venues. The game itself was a great ice-breaker for getting to know other teams/ professionals and all money raised was for a great cause. The whole evening and experience has left me excited for the next fundraising event organised by Fraser Brown.”
Best dressed when to Botham Accounting who wereproudly sporting home-made shirts which featured creative puzzles that when solved read “ESPIONAGE.” Alea were clear runners up, with its dark sunglasses and trilby hats, complete with moustaches.
The evening concluded with food and a raffle at Alea, where Smith Cooper, Alea Casino and the Royal Bank of Scotland kindly donated prizes.