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HJ Heroes

We’re so grateful to the healthcare workers, charities and keyworker staff who are supporting us through the COVID-19 crisis. They’re the everyday heroes who are looking after us and keeping the nation running at this difficult time.

At Hugh James, we support and work with a large number of charities – causes that resonate with our staff and many that link closely with the work we do in providing legal support to those in need. They include cancer charities, care for children, the elderly, people with disabilities and victims of crime.

With charities facing difficult times at the moment, they need our support now more than ever. We want to shine a light on the important and inspiring work they do so we’ve listed them all below.

They’re causes close to our heart. They’re our HJ Heroes.

Headline charities

Each year Hugh James chooses charities for staff to support. These are charities that make a huge contribution to the communities in which our staff live and work.

Velindre Cancer Centre

Velindre – Wales’ Premier Cancer Centre – is known as The Hospital of Hope, which is made possible because of the fantastic and committed support of our fundraisers and donors. Money raised from fundraisers like you is used to ensure the best possible support is offered to every patient, their families and carers dealing with cancer.

It allows us to fund specialist nurses who are fundamental to a patient’s experience, implement projects to improve the physical environment for a patient, such as our gardens, the Family and Children’s Room and
so much more. It enables them to offer better support through complex treatment pathways, earlier access to cutting edge treatments, research into new treatments, purchase specialist equipment and ensure our staff have access to the most up to date training and techniques available.

It really is difficult to overstate the difference fundraising makes at Velindre, but the benefits are invaluable.

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Ty Hafan

Ty Hafan is a leading and much-loved charity that provides life-changing care and support to children with life shortening conditions and their families who live in Wales.

At the welcoming and vibrant hospice in Sully, and in communities and homes across the country, we do all we can to help families enjoy time together and create precious memories.

We’re also a safe and loving haven when a child is close to the end of their life, providing comfort and expert care in a family’s darkest hours and beyond.
Put simply, we are a vital lifeline to our families. Easing their worries. Giving them hope of a brighter future. And helping them enjoy life again.


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Theodora Children’s Charity

Theodora Children’s Charity recruit and train Giggle Doctors to provide laughter and play to children in hospital. The charity work across 22 hospitals and specialist care centres in England. They also provide giggles virtually so that children across the UK can access their services.

Each Giggle Doctor has their very own tailor-made doctor’s coat. The coats are made from hospital grade material and are designed to reflect the personality of the Giggle Doctor.

The Giggle Doctors are trained over a period of two years. Their training includes both clinical training, such as infection control, and artistic training. This helps Giggle Doctors to develop the skills required to adapt their creativity and artistic talent to the hospital environment and ensures that they are prepared to provide laughter to children in hospitals.

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Theodora's Giggle Doctors at Hugh James

Each of these three charities will receive a donation from the firm as well as the benefit of staff fundraising activity and fundraising events involving our clients.

For more information on our work with charities, visit our Charities Partnership page.

Hugh James also works with a broad range of charities whose work aligns with the support we give our clients.

These charities are listed below in alphabetical order, with links to their donation pages:

Charities we've worked with

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, here for soldiers, past and present, and their families for life. From helping wounded soldiers to adapt to life after service, to assisting elderly veterans to keep their independence, they're here to support the Army family.

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Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) is a independent and unique organisation offering specialist and expert Advocacy and peer support after fatal domestic abuse. They provide emotional, practical and specialist peer support to those left behind after fatal domestic homicide.

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Age Cymru

Age Cymru provide vital services directly to older people in the community. They envision an age friendly Wales where older people will enjoy good health, live safely, be free from discrimination and be active in their communities.

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Asbestos Awareness Support Group (AASC)

AASC strives to make the lives of those living with asbestos related illnesses and their families better. They provide help and support to those exposed to asbestos fibres and living with illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis , pleural plaques.

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They provide therapy to those living with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions. They're also the UK's premier teaching centre for health professionals and therapists across the UK.

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Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads.

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British Heart Foundation

Their vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. They raise money to research cures and treatments, so they can give people more time with the ones they love.

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In the UK today there are around half a million children and young people with brain conditions that result in complex medical, educational and social support needs. Cerebra are a charity that helps these children and their families discover a better life together.

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Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a child of any age dies or is dying.

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Child Brain Injury Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust is the leading voluntary sector organisation providing emotional and practical support, information and learning opportunities for families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the UK.

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Embrace Child Victims of Crime

Their vision is to ‘be there’ for all those children and teenagers who, through no fault of their own, are victims of crime. They work with police officers in every force in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to offer practical and emotional support.

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Erase Meso

Erase Meso are a voluntary community committed to raising funds to research a cure for mesothelioma.​

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Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services. The charity also lobbies for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury and works to raise awareness of brain injury and the devastating effects it can have.

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Headway Cardiff

Headway Cardiff aim to promote understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers.

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Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes help the Armed Forces community live well after service. They help people with their physical and mental health needs, and a range of welfare issues. Their support gives people the skills, confidence and knowledge to make a success of life in the civilian world.

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Horatio’s Garden

Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support everyone affected by spinal injury. They grow thriving communities to support patients, their families and friends facing long stays in NHS hospitals as they adjust to, or care for someone with, a life-changing injury.

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Limbless Association

The Limbless Association (LA) believe no amputee need cope alone. They offer both practical and emotional support for amputees throughout their pre and post-amputation journey.

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London Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to London’s most seriously injured patients. Using a helicopter, and rapid response cars at night or in adverse weather situations, London’s Air Ambulance brings the hospital to the patient when time is critical.

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is here to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. They provide frontline nursing and hospice care, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement.

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MASIC Foundation

The MASIC Foundation is the only multi-disciplinary UK charity to support women who have suffered perineal injuries during childbirth known as OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury) or 3rd and 4th degree tears.

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Mavis Nye

The Mavis Nye Foundation was created to inspire victims of mesothelioma, an asbestos related terminal cancer. To give hope to fellow victims and show a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma UK is the national charity for anyone affected by mesothelioma. They support people with mesothelioma to live better and live longer and to prevent mesothelioma happening to future generations. They do this by advocating for better treatment and care, enhancing quality of life, supporting research and amplifying the patient’s voice.

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National Association for People Abused in Childhood

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

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Noah’s Ark Children’s Charity

Creating brighter todays and better tomorrows for the children of Wales. Their mission is to support the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and the children and families within it.

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RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims in the UK. They provide information and support services to people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes and engage in evidence based policy and campaigning work to fight for justice for victims and reduce road danger.

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Rookwood Spur

Rookwood Spur is a registered charity set up with the aim of promoting and improving the quality of life and opportunities for patients of the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Originally at Rookwood Hospital, the centre moved to University Hospital Llandough in 2021.

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Rooprai Spinal Trust

The Rooprai Spinal Trust was set up to support those affected by spinal cord injury (SCI).

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South West Asbestos Support Awareness Group (SWASAG)

They are an independent, registered charity that is 100% dedicated to helping people living with asbestos-related conditions across the South West of England, including Devon and Cornwall.

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Spinal Injures Association

Their holistic approach to supporting SCI people and their loved ones means they provide the time, expertise and connections essential to making pathways towards a fulfilled life.

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Stroke Association

They provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

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The Coroners’ Court Support Service

The CCSS volunteers explain the processes, procedures and the remit of the Inquest thus helping those attending to have a much better understanding of their role within this often frightening environment. The relief they have felt once the volunteer has been able to explain the remit is palpable.

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The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity

The Silverlining Charity is a group of like-minded people who aim to improve the quality of life of all those affected by brain injury. Their work engages brain injured people with the wider community in such a way which invigorates, motivates and rehabilitates to discover a sense of purpose, social structure and added meaning to their lives.

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UK Sepsis Trust

Their goal is to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors. They believe that earlier diagnosis and treatment across the UK would save several thousand lives a year.

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Victim Support Homicide Service

Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales. They provide specialist services to help people cope and recover, and to empower them to ensure their voices are heard individually and collectively at a local and national level.

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Wales Air Ambulance Charity

Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.

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Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service

Their services offer both driver and passenger assessments that aim to provide people with long-term mobility solutions.

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