Thursday, January 29, 2015

British Legal Technology Forum 2015

We are very excited to announce that Copyrite's Director Ben Summerfield will be one of the speakers at the British Legal Technology Forum 2015 on 17th March at the Old Billingsgate in London. Ben will cover the benefits of implementing a document management system at a legal firm and how digital mailroom automation can streamline business processes and improve efficiency and productivity. 

You can see the list of speakers and Ben's bio on the British Legal Technology Forums webpage

Copyrite is also exhibiting at the event, come and see us on Stand C4 for the chance to win a Kindle Fire.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Wanderer Returns!

You may remember reading in June that Copyrite's Mike Baynham has been walking the South West Coast Path, all by himself, both to give himself a new challenge as he turns 70 and retires, and to raise money for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The MS Society is Copyrite's adopted charity for 2014, and Mike's mother Nora suffered from it for 33 years so the cause is very close to his heart.

Mike completed the challenge on Thursday 11th December 2014 when he arrived at the Shell bay ferry terminal in Sandbanks - however since the ferry was undergoing routine maintenance making it difficult for the MS Society to attend, an alternative 'official' completion ceremony was arranged for the following Saturday 13th December in Poole at Baiter Park. 


We caught up with Mike as he recovered from his Big Adventure:
So, Mike, How do you feel now its over?
"Pleased that i have been able to drag the old carcase such a long way over such demanding terrain. Happy that i have raised over £3000 so far for Multiple Sclerosis"

How long did it take you in total?
"61 days to do the 630 miles. I started on May 13th 2014 and finished on December 13th 2014 having split up the walk into periods of various lengths from 10 days down to 3 days and in Dorset down to 1 day walks sometimes with family and friends"

Did you learn anything new about yourself?
"No, because when you get to 70 and learn something new about yourself you have probably lived too sheltered a life"

Where did you sleep? 
"Initially some B&B mixed with camping but B&B was too expensive so I hit on the idea of taking my car to the end of the days walk and using my bus pass to get me back to the beginning. This worked out really well as the bus services along most of the south coast are perfectly adequate for walkers. I then slept each night as snug as a 'bug in a rug' in my Nissan Xtrail and only spent about £15 per day all in"

What was your motivation to keep going? 
"I always felt like a man on a mission and never had any trouble keeping going. I think the essential pasty for lunch and a pint of beer at the end of the day were a great help as well"

Have you got a favourite place along your route?
"If I could only go back to one place it would probably be North Somerset where Exmoor meets the sea at the "Valley of the Rocks" near Lynton & Lynmouth. The cliffs were the most magnificent and the woods full of wild garlic were places you did not want to leave"

What was the hardest part?
"Hartland Quay in North Devon. The coast there is wild, remote and the path challenging with some scrambling in places. The weather can be an added factor as the winds seem to blow harder and the rain if it comes often seems wetter. The bus service there is very sparse and so you have to walk further than you would like and 10 hours is too long for a senior citizen to be out walking . The same applies to the walk from Porlock to Countisbury which took 10 hours in baking heat on severe ups and downs and with a 12kg backpack"

Where there any hairy moments? (Not including your beard!)
"One of my concerns was that I would fall and do myself an injury or exacerbate one of my various joint problems so I always walked with my 2 best friends; my walking poles; and they definitely saved my bacon on several occasions. They were also useful against rams, bullocks and the seagulls, the latter often wanting to share my pasty!"

What did you miss the most?
"The company of my wife Marilyn. Sometimes clean clothes and a shower!"

Did you have any funny or memorable moments you would like to share?
"I met a man called Philip Wells who is sort of famous. You can look online under 'The Fire Poet' and you will see he is the real deal in the arts and education field. I saw him bathing his feet in a stream at Heddons Mouth in North Somerset and when he came out I asked him why he had no shoes and socks with him. He replied that he was walking 1000 miles barefoot to raise money for barefoot children throughout the world. I never complained about any hardships, even to myself, after meeting him. What an inspiration"

Would you repeat the adventure?

So what's the next challenge then?
"Watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thanks Mike for answering our questions, we look forward to seeing what you do next!