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Rebecca English

Senior Consultant - Tax

I focus on some of the major and specialised public practice Firms and their tax recruitment needs within London. 

I thoroughly enjoy going out and meeting all my candidates and clients that I work with, whether for a first time introduction or catch up on recent developments; my network is continually expanding. From Big 4 heads of departments to bright eyed graduates, my London tax network is expansive, interesting, varied and ever growing. 

With nearly four years spent in sales and account management within the FMCG market, I went on to join an independent boutique recruitment firm before moving to London and joining Pro-Tax. With nearly five years now in recruitment and two specialising within London tax recruitment, I take pride in my personal service to both my clients and candidates to consistently find the right fit.

When not at my desk, I can almost certainly be found chilling out with / chasing after my beautiful Labrador, Margaux, or still hacking my way round a hockey pitch or golf course! If I was not in recruitment, I'd be a sports commentator – travelling the world watching and talking about the cricket or golf? Yes please!

rebecca's latest roles

  • M&A Tax Senior Manager

    £80000 - £90000 per annum

    M&A Tax Senior Manager Location: London Salary: £75,000- £100,000 + Cash Beneifts + Pension + Benefits An M&A Tax Senior Manager is required to join one of the Big 4's successful M&A Tax Team, offering a cle...

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  • Senior Tax Manager Private Client

    £80000 - £90000 per annum

    Senior Manager- Private Client Tax Location: London Salary: £75,000- £95,000 + Cash Allowance +Pension + Benefits Are you an experienced Manager looking for the next step in your career or are you currently ...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - London Big...

    £60000.00 - £72000.00 per annum + excellent + flexiwork

    Sitting within the London International Tax department of this Big 4 Firm, the Transfer Pricing team are looking to add to their dynamic and fast paced group with an ambitious and experienced Transfer Pricin...

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What people say about Rebecca

My experience with Rebecca from Pro-Tax was fantastic. I have unusual experience for a tax professional, which made the process of finding suitable work more challenging. Rebecca helped me every step of the way, and found be a great opportunity at a firm I greatly admire.


I found Rebecca really really helpful and approachable throughout the job-seeking process. She suggested a route I hadn't initially considered pursuing but her knowledge and enthusiasm of the company made me interested to look into them, and I'm glad I did... 


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Companies Rebecca has worked with

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Rawlinson & Hunter is an exceptional boutique Accountancy Firm, headquartered in London but Operate worldwide. It has a prestigious and high client service reputation, providing taxation and financial advice to an enviable private and corporate client portfolio. This has been duly reflected with the firm this year winning three prestigious awards - Accountancy Firm of the Year 2017, Tax Advisory Firm of the Year 2107, and Trust Company of the Year 2107.

Westleton Drake is a firm that specialises in providing tax advisory and compliance services to UK and US individuals and companies based in the UK. Founded back in 2010; the Firm has doubled in size within the past 2 years and are now hugely well regarded within the market and making incredible headway against the largest competitor.

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rebecca's articles

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15 Best Reasons Why Tax Deadline Day Was Missed

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Deadline day was done and dusted last week and whilst I’m sure most were done timely and without hinder, HMRC has released some of last year’s legitimate excuses as to why some didn’t quite make the cut off on the 31st. Take a look at this quick read and try not to laugh out loud! 1. My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me 2. I’m too short to reach the post box 3. I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn 4. Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses 5. My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type 6. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them 7. I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out 8. My accountant has been ill 9. My dog ate my tax return 10. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file 11. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine 12. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online 13. My husband ran over my laptop 14. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years 15. I had a cold which took a long time to go It wasn’t just excuses for being late that raised the odd eyebrow; there were also a few questionable expenses claimed also. 1. A carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs 2. £40 on extra woolly underwear, for 5 years 3. £756 for my pet dog insurance 4. A music subscription, so I can listen to music while I work 5. A family holiday to Nigeria For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-assessment-returns-unbelievable-excuses-and-dubious-expenses https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-reveals-top-10-worst-tax-return-excuses-for-201314

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A New Job for the New Year?

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The twinkling lights of Christmas have been packed away for another year as the nation plunges into a month of hibernation; saving money, dry January and even some experimenting with Veganuary. Here's a quick read about Whether January is a month of lying low or a month of new habits, for most it signifies a change; a fresh start and even new opportunities. It may not then come as a great surprise that at the top of the New Year’s resolutions lists for nearly a fifth of the UK appears finding a new job. In both 2017 and 2018, a survey by Investors in People (IIP), who questioned 1,000 employees, found that at least one in four said they were unhappy in their job and almost half of these planned to search for a new job in the new year, while a quarter had already begun their job hunt! The study also showed that almost a third of those employees cited having more flexibility around working as more important than a 3% pay rise. True enough, it was another busy year for the UK recruitment industry even despite the uncertainty of Brexit, with recruiters and HR services placing over 1.1 million people into permanent roles in total and a staggering 1 million agency workers on any given day; an 11% increase on the year previous. (REC Annual Recruitment Trends). The REC’s annual Recruitment Industry Trends report for 2017/18 showed that the total industry turnover from permanent and temporary/contract placements, and other HR services, reached £35.7 billion. Whilst the days are short (and cold), it can seem daunting and sometimes uninspiring searching through the murky world of the job boards. So, if you would prefer to start with an informal chat on the current tax market, current recruitment trends, new and upcoming opportunities, (many of which not seen advertised on job pages), or even salary benchmarking then please do get in touch. Rebecca English 0207 269 6320 / rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk

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Technology - the Future Partner in Your Tax Matters?

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Are you a Tax Manager or Tax Director seeking to streamline and manage your tax function through the use of technology? With almost daily advancements in technology, it is an exciting time for the Taxation industry. Yet digital disruption needs to be carefully analysed, while it provides many solutions to long-standing issues it also throws many new challenges. As a Tax Recruiter, a crucial part of my role is to observe the current trends in the market and be aware of the factors which will ‘shake up’ the tax industry and its demand for talent. This article looks to bring to light some of the Tax industry's most innovative ideas and predictions and how they'll affect your company, career and the demand for skills and future talent within the industry. PwC has stated that technology is one of its ‘mega-trends’, and emphasises that “successful companies must find ways to bridge the gap between their current capabilities and the future reality.” While Tim Steel from EY confirms that “Digital technology transformation is the single biggest disruptor in the tax profession”. But how is tax technology being implemented by business? One of the best examples of tax technology implementation has to be HMRC. Their Making Tax Digital campaign is part of the governments plan to make it easier for smaller businesses and individuals to stay on top of their tax affairs. HMRC have lofty ambitions to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. With tight resource constraints, the need to streamline and improve efficiency has facilitated rapid growth of their technological offering. HMRC has exploited new digital technologies meaning all of the UK’s smaller businesses and individuals will have access to their own digital tax account. For example, with over 9% of UK households owning a voice-based technology device and the expectation that this will increase to 40% by the end of this year HMRC are trialling ways in which they can use devices such as Alexa to engage customers. Whilst this may seem trivial on the face of things, the aim is to reduce the need for customers to contact call centres. Predictions and Breakthroughs PwC predicts that “more companies will use their enterprise-wide financial systems to prepare tax calculations (e.g. income tax accounting and indirect taxes), thereby replacing spreadsheets and/or traditional tax technology solutions.” In addition, “the majority of tax functions will rely on professional data analysis tools to assist in the decision-making process in areas such as risk detection, planning and overall business support.” With more technological breakthroughs emerging, a successful tax professional will need to focus more on the utilisation of data and technology and companies will be required to re-evaluate their current talent needs against these additional capabilities. Training requirements With technology rapidly shifting the remit of tax functions, it is imperative that any tax professional looking to future-proof their future takes the opportunity to embrace technology. Take advantage of training programmes offered by employers to remain current in the market. Whether you attend seminars, courses or have a professional mentor, look to advance your understanding of how tax and technology can work together and how this can positively impact your current/future firm. Recruitment During the recruitment process is it important for companies to question the candidate’s skillset to ensure that they meet the growing demand within tax technology. Do candidates have a solid knowledge of technological trends and how the tax technology landscape is shifting? Candidates should be able to demonstrate their knowledge of tax technological compliance and the implementation of new systems. These skills have become highly sought after by companies as the industry becomes increasingly reliant on tax technology. Cybersecurity issues According to a UK Government study, over four in ten of all UK businesses suffered a breach or attack in the past 12 months. Whilst firms are ushering in the use of artificial intelligence to streamline their process, hackers are also deploying their own versions of AI to achieve their own unethical end goals. Measures such as the Government backed, industry-supported Cyber Essentials scheme offer industry-leading expert advice to companies on how to protect themselves against cyber threats. It’s important that all companies invest in security solutions to protect their tax technology systems. The introduction of GDPR earlier this year means that firms have an important part to play in protecting sensitive customer data. For so long the issues of data privacy and data security have been viewed as separate entities with differing objectives, the introduction of global regulations has forced business to reevaluate how they gather, process and store their data. While tax technology keeps changing the face of tax functions across the industry it is important for professionals, from Tax Partners to Tax Directors to Tax Managers, to ensure they are keeping ahead of the technological curve. As a Tax recruiter, I have witnessed first hand, the effect that tax technology is having on candidates either coming to the market or already in the industry. From my experience as a Tax Recruiter, those who fare best and excel are those that have embraced tax technology early, follow technological trends and have a full working knowledge of new systems and how to implement them. For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her at rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk

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5 Scary Candidate Profiles that give us the Fright!

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It’s Halloween and the spookiest time of the year. However, some of these candidate profiles continue to haunt recruitment processes throughout the year leaving prospective employers howling at the moon. Below are a few examples of the phantom offenders that can keep us up at night. The Crypt The Cryptic candidate who holds back on valuable information. Whether it be parts of their salary package, dates on their CV, who else they’re interviewing with or the real motivations for leaving. Not only does this hinder in getting the candidate across the right positions in the right time frame but gaps on CVs will be picked up on throughout the process, references won’t correlate, salary negotiations will fall down at the end of the process and a level of non-commitment will linger throughout on all sides. The Ghost That great candidate who we’ve built up a good relationship with, registered and got the CV out the door to their agreed options. All is going seamlessly and then they disappear. Like a ghost they don't return calls or reply to emails, they can even fail to turn up to meetings or interviews, never to be heard from again. It, of course, leads to a barrage of calls and emails from us which is understandably even more frustrating and infuriates the employer too – who won’t forget very quickly. The Jekyll & Hyde This is the candidate who we’ve spent a lot of time talking to and even met, we know their backgrounds and aspirations, we’ve prepped them and sent them to the interview. Then a transformation happens to the candidate en route. Suddenly when it’s crux time in front of the interviewer all the preparation goes out of the window and the candidate becomes a different person. Overbearing, argumentative, unengaging, shy, or even beastly. The Swarm Beware of the swarm! It might seem like a good idea when first starting out on your job search to apply to many multiple agencies. However, this is a very diluted market and with your CV being sent out multiple times by different agencies it very quickly muddies the water with internal recruiters and employers. It is also much more difficult to keep track of where your CV has been sent, by whom and how you are being perceived. By using a specialist recruiter, you are sure to work closely together to approach each role specifically and to the correct line in a slicker process. The Witch or Warlock These are harder to spot at first. Excellent candidates boasting excellent CVs and experience able to bewitching throughout their recruitment processes summoning offers with the purpose of leveraging for counter offers, promotions and salary hikes. Whilst perhaps short-term gain, often this will lead a sour taste in the market and statistically, 80% of people who have accepted a counter offer will not be at their current employer in six months and 93% will not be there in eighteen months’ time. If you are reading through any of these and hearing yourself relate to too many of these traits and wondering why the recruitment process isn’t running quite as smoothly as hoped, then have no fear; we have a number of blogs to help with everything from preparing your CV and interviewing techniques to addressing the counter offer. If you're looking for an experienced Tax recruiter I recruit from Big 4 heads of departments to Tax Managers and more. With nearly six years now in recruitment and two specialising within London tax recruitment, my London tax network is expansive, interesting, varied and ever growing. Get in contact today for more information on the current market or a discussion about your recruitment needs.

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A Look into 2018 Candidate Recruitment Trends So Far…

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It’s been the story of 2018, we are in a candidate short market. But what does this mean? The September IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs data highlights once again that: Strong expansion in permanent placements, but temp billings growth softens Starting salaries increase at the second-fastest rate in over three years Staff vacancies continue to rise at a historically marked pace Steep increases in the demand for both permanent and temporary job categories were seen, with vacancies expanding at a rate only slightly behind July’s eight-month record; the demand for staff is notably strong and is driving starting salaries higher. Average starting salaries awarded to newly-placed permanent staff rose at the second-sharpest pace for over three years in August. Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC says: “Businesses are getting on with it driving Britain’s growth – jobs are being created and starting salaries are rising. There are big opportunities out there for candidates right now looking for a new role. In the UK, the recruitment industry saw a total revenue of £32.2 billion in 2017 (Sonovate) with 41% of recruitment agencies reporting that candidate acquisition is their top priority (Bullhorn) which is leading recruiters and employers to look for new and innovative ways to attract and secure the right talent. Skillsets and Demand are Driving Salaries With more and more vacancies being created coupled with lower unemployment rates, and companies really focussing on staff retention; salaries are being driven higher and higher. New Ways of Working ‘Flexible working’ is no longer a term filled with stigma and is now hugely common throughout the workplace. Whether this be altered times around the core hours, working from home or part-time setups; it is now a working norm for most environments that are being offered. The market has a new way of working and thinking and much more happily adaptable to attract and retain the top talent. Technology Plays a Vital Part The search platforms are changing and long gone is the time of scouring the job sections of the paper. Even the emphasis on traditional job boards has evolved and newer generations of candidates are far more savvy with social media stages such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Adverts are now linked to pictures and videos, they’re accompanied by immediate web spaces, links to websites and further detailed job descriptions. Adverts are having to be bolder and brighter, more dynamic in approach to stand out amongst the rest in a very competitive market. According to a report; ‘How often do people change jobs?’; on average, a person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during their career and typically stays within a job 4.2 years, so there is candidate availability and continuous movement on the market but will often come down to a company’s recruitment process with how whether someone will change jobs. “People who enjoy the candidate experiences are 38% more likely to accept a job offer”. (IBM, The Far-Reaching Impact of Candidate Experience, 2017) Here at Pro-Tax we are constantly looking at new ways to reach out and speak to the top talent in the market and with more new roles coming in every day across all our clients and regions and committed to working in a manner that puts your needs at the heart of the process, now really is a truly exciting time for candidates to be exploring new positions. For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs, contact Rebecca on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk

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August 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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PRACTICE LONDON THE CITY PWC have admitted 7 new Partners into its Government & Health Industries practice. Of which, Emma Cody is a Tax Partner, with a background in indirect taxes and technology. James Hume has joined EY from Slaughter & May as a tax partner focusing on transaction taxes. Jorge Morley-Smith has been appointed as a Director in KPMG’s asset management tax team. Mazars has appointed Trudi Amy (previously of Grant Thornton, Smith & Williamson &EY) as Tax Advisory Director. SOUTH WEST MHA Monahans has appointed Steve Chamberlain (who has 30 years’ experience advising on VAT), as a senior manager. MIDLANDS & THE EAST With over 25 years’ experience in accountancy and tax; Michelle Perry has been appointed Head of Employment Tax in Grant Thornton’s Birmingham office. Cornerstone Tax, the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) specialists, has appointed Roger Bindschedler as tax consultant. Bindschedler, a property tax law specialist, has almost 25 years’ experience in the UK legal and tax sectors. NORTHWEST Grant Thornton’s Manchester Office have promoted David Hawley to Director. Hawley is a tax specialist and his sector experience includes high-tech, software, construction, food & drink and manufacturing. Grant Thornton, Manchester has also appointed Sean Mitchell as a director in the Manchester office. Mitchell, who has over 20 years’ experience in tax, returns to the firm after three years at BDO. Mitchell Charlesworth has appointed Phil Hartley and Phillippa Britchford as Tax Managers. MHA Moore and Smalley has promoted Senior Manager Tracey Richardson to head the specialist team managing the financial, business and personal tax affairs of farming businesses across the North West. SCOTLAND Nigel Roberts (who has over 30 years’ experience in VAT and tax) has been appointed by Johnston Carmichael as head of VAT & Duty. COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LONDON AND CITY Law firm DLA Piper has announced the appointment of Vicki Bales as a Transfer Pricing Director in its international tax practice, She joins after spending 14 years at SABMiller and AB InBev. Prior to this, she was at WH Smith and originally trained at Deloitte. David Conway has joined law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur from Moore Stephens as a Senior Tax and Compliance Manager. Greg Leathes has made the move to Lego Group as Head of Tax EMEA - he joins from his role as Senior Tax Manager at Expedia Russell Brooks has joined Macquarie Group from Gazprom, he is now the Senior Tax Manager in Commodities Jamie Steele has joined the team at Essar Oil as Tax Manager, leaving the team at Stanleybet where he was also a Tax Manager

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When the Results = Revision and Retakes.

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How Gareth Southgate might look at rebuilding from a failed CTA exam… The CTA results came out a week after we crashed out of the World Cup. You, like England, this month didn’t get the result you had hoped for and daresay it had expected. You’ve failed, the celebrations weren’t flowing on Wednesday and maybe you feel an opportunity has slipped through your fingers. So, like our Lions, you ask yourself, where do you go from here? Firstly, let me remind you there is plenty of cause for optimism, despite the immediate feeling of disappointment. It’s probably relevant to be reminded at this point that the CTA exams are reported by most to be the most difficult of the accountancy exams you will ever face. The pass rates are particularly low and the odds (similarly to England’s odds pre-tournament) are stacked against you from the start: · 15/8 Last 16 · 15/8 Quarter Final · 5/1 Group Stage · 5/1 Semi Final · 10/1 Runner Up · 14/1 Winner 2017 CIOT Results by Examination Paper Paper Pass Rate % Advisory – Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 43 Advisory – VAT on UK Domestic Transactions, IPT & SDLT 32 Advisory – Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates 63 Advisory – Human Capital Taxes 38 Advisory – Taxation of Individuals 46 Advisory – VAT on Cross-Border Transactions & Customs Duties 31 Advisory – Advanced Corporation Tax 55 Awareness Paper 78 Application and Interaction Paper 44 Other messages to take home are that it is no small thing that you reached this stage. To get to results day is a long road of revising and studying and build up, all whilst juggling a full-time profession. Not to mention the sitting of the exams themselves; all that preparation culminating on one paper… You will have learnt so much along this path of training and it is now time to take stock of this and consider what your new game plan is, what needs to be addressed, and what new advice you undertake. So, some practical advice: Strategy Take a view of your overall strategy. As Southgate plans to return to St George's Park next week to begin strategising England's route to Euro 2020, you must also get back in the frame of mind of considering what is next. If you have further papers to undertake, consider these when planning resits. You need to make sure your plan accounts for the bigger picture and the end result. Analysis Take an honest look at your performance and identify where you think you may have come undone. It is likely to be either that your technical knowledge wasn’t as thorough as the level required or it may simply be that you are not comfortable in an exam setting. In either case, it is important to pinpoint this, so you can make the proper adjustments to your next preparations. Seek advice, use your mentors! If you are in the wrong environment if you weren’t given the right support, guidance, time; then maybe it is a call to make to change this, so you have the optimal training environment. It’s also worth mentioning that if there are some very large holes in your technical knowledge, then you must be honest with yourself and realign back with your strategy on timings of resits to give yourself the best chance. And of course, there are always outside influences that can play a major effect on game day. Hopefully, these are few and far between but fortunately much easier to establish and hopefully counteract. Train It is back to the books I’m afraid. Take some time by all means to rest and recoup so you can be fully focussed with your revision. You have a platform now to build on, you are aware of the pitfalls and hopefully able to hone in on the areas that need to work. There’s no mistaking it will take another monumental effort and resolve from you to resit but the rewards will taste that much sweeter when you pass and become CTA qualified. As Pickford calmly replied to the Croatian TV crews “Next Time”.

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Run 84/7

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Every 7 days 84 men lose their lives to suicide. That statistic means that every two hours a man takes his own life in the UK. And there is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds. Male suicide is the single BIGGEST killer of men under 45 (with 76% of all suicides in the UK being men). As harrowing a stat as that is, a stigma around men’s mental health still exists and shrouds it; and there is still not enough being done to raise awareness and normalise men being able to ask for help. These are numbers and facts I never truly paid much attention to until recently. Nor did I ever imagine it would ever be an issue I would face so close to home until one day it was; and suddenly one of those 84 became a one to me. I can't change anything that happened to him. So, I have come up with a campaign to raise awareness. I have called it RUN 84/7. On the 18th August, I will be running 84 miles in 7 days to represent each of the 84 lives lost in a week. That is 12 miles per day. I am running this in conjunction with the charity CALM. What do CALM do? ·webchat ·Support After Suicide Partnership ·theCALMzone.net ·The CALMzine ·#BiggerIssues#ManDictionary So, if by running nearly a half marathon every day for a week highlights this charity to just one more person or raises some dollar to keep the phone lines always open, then maybe it won't be 84 every 7 anymore. The help is out there, we just need to talk about it. You can follow my story on Facebook (fb.me/run847), Instagram (@run_847) and my JustGiving page; www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bex-english . And of course, I would welcome any fellow runners to join me for any of the 12 miles runs that week- all details of routes and timings will be posted to the pages above.

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