14 June 2017 | Firm news | Article by Abigail Flanagan

Hugh James saddles up for charity bike ride

Staff and clients of Hugh James is getting ready for a 180-mile bike ride on 15th and 16th June to raise money for Princes Gate Trust.

The firm is hoping that the annual charity bike ride will take its total raised for Princes Gate Trust to over £100,000.

The event will see Welsh celebrities and business professionals including former rugby international and brand ambassador for Princes Gate Trust Ryan Jones, and Cardiff Airport Chief Executive, Debra Barber, join 60 other cyclists in the gruelling challenge.

The team, which includes many of the firm’s clients, will cycle from their start point in Aberystwyth to Saundersfoot on their first day, continuing to Cardiff on day two where they will be greeted by their friends and family.

Last year, Hugh James raised more than £60,000 for Princes Gate Trust and Velindre Cancer Centre through its charitable efforts. Staff took part in a 90ft zip wire from St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay, competed in the London and Paris Marathon, completed the Three Peaks Hike and hosted the Russel Jenkins Cup charity football match.

As well as supporting Princes Gate Trust, the firm has also committed to raising funds for the NSPCC ‘Speak out Stay safe’ campaign which aims to raise awareness about abuse and empower young people.

Alun Jones, managing partner at Hugh James, said: “Each year, our charity bike ride raises a significant amount towards our annual target, and it’s all down to the dedication of our staff putting in the extra hours to train.

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“From our staff and clients, to sporting stars and well known faces in the business community, it’s fantastic to see everyone coming together and supporting each other in their training.

“As Wales’ largest law firm, we are committed to making a positive impact on the community by supporting local charities. These fundraising activities are a great way to bring our whole team together and we are fortunate in that our employees share our passion. We give our staff a paid day to participate in volunteering activities and we were pleased to see that last year 177 of our staff chose to support local voluntary initiatives of their choice.

“We have decided to support Princes Gate Trust again as 100% of all funds raised go to the charity and Princes Gate Trust has also allowed us to dedicate our funds to children that our staff have nominated. We are also pleased to be able to support the NSPCC’s ‘Speak out Stay safe’ programme, which aims to educate children about the signs of abuse and neglect.

“the team is both nervous and excited for this year’s charity bike ride and we’re all looking forward to continuing our support for our chosen charities throughout the year.”

Princes Gate Trust was set up in 2014 by bottled water producer Princes Gate Spring Water with the aim of gifting funds to enhance and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout Wales.

Photo by Matthew Horwood

Princes Gate Trust founder, David Jones, said: “We are very grateful to continue to have Hugh James’ support to raise funds from their annual bike ride and their charitable efforts throughout the year. To see so many staff and famous faces taking part in such a gruelling challenge is truly inspiring.

“Our aim is to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people and their families and we would be unable to do this without the efforts from companies like Hugh James. The money the firm raises makes a genuine difference to young people in Wales and we’d like to thank them for their ongoing support. We’re looking forward to joining them all on this year’s charity bike ride.”

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