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On Friday 9th May 2014 at 04:00 a team of four Partners from Kreston Reeves; Paul Roe, Allan Pinner, Shirley Smith and James Peach travelled to Milan as the ‘Roband Reeves’ team on public transport.

Following the success of last year’s Manor Royal to Monaco Challenge, Kreston Reeves, we announced that we have now accomplished the ‘Manor Royal to Milan Challenge 2014′ which was arranged by Gatwick Diamond Business (gdb) to raise funds for 12 local charities.

On Friday 9th May 2014 at 04:00 a team of four of our Partners from ; Paul Roe, Allan Pinner, Shirley Smith and James Peach travelled to Milan as the ‘Roband Reeves’ team on public transport. The team changed their name to reflect generous sponsorship by Roband Electronics Plc. They went head to head with seven cars full of other Gatwick Diamond Business members to discover whether it was faster to reach Milan by car or by public transport.

The ‘Roband Reeves’ team travelled in blue boiler suits from; the Bus station to Gatwick airport, by train from Gatwick to Victoria, took the underground to London International St Pancras, got the Eurostar to Paris Gar du Nord, Paris Metro Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon, TGV Paris to Milan Garibaldi and finally Andrea Fantechi from Moores Rowland in Milan (a fellow Kreston member firm), picked our team up there and took them to the finish line at the Nu Hotel, Milan! Our team arrived 22:15 local time and public transport did in fact reach Milan in the shortest time.

Conclusion: There were a spread of times recorded, a car won the challenge, and a car was the furthest away from the target time, so Roband Reeves neither won nor lost!

The 8 teams competing have currently raised over £9,000 and it is hoped the total will be about £12,000 when finished. Paul Roe, based in the Gatwick office, commented; “It was difficult getting up so very early, but some great charities have benefited and we got to know other gdb members better, we even forged a closer link with another firm of accountants in the Kreston Network. A true win, win, win scenario”.

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