At Lewis Ballard we are passionate about giving back and helping others. Take a look below at the charity work that is currently taking place at Lewis Ballard.
Neil’s Charity Bike Rides
Old Farts Bike Ride
In June Neil took part in the Old Farts Bike Ride from Cardiff to Tenby, with 35 of his old Rugby mates from St Josephs, St Peters and St Iltyds rugby clubs. Aptly named the ‘Old Farts’ are all in their fifties and not quite as fit as they used to be. Undaunted by beer bellies, dodgy knees and a host of other ailments, they all completed the 110 mile challenge in time for a few celebratory beers at the Tenby House. Their efforts raised over £25,000 (and rising) for 3 charities, Duchenne Family Support, Thrive and MNDA which support children of this rugby community, Ross Taylor, Mackenzie Foley and Cath Simpson.
In August Neil will take part in the ‘Sandy B’ Brecon to Cardiff Bike ride for Velindre Hospital in memory of a dear family member Sandra Barry who lost her battle with cancer in 2015.
Ride The Rockies
Both events are great preparation for Neil’s biggest challenge yet in September. He faces two months of further training rides, followed by 5 days of grueling mountain climbs in one of the worlds largest mountain ranges.
He will be accompanied by his son Chris and they aim to raise further funds for this great cause.
Please sponsor them and make their efforts worthwhile! For their Justgiving page please click here
Great Gatsby Ball 5th March 2016
We have, once again, been blown away by the generosity of our amazing friends and clients. Our dinner this year was the biggest we’ve ever organised, so the pressure was on to deliver a great night and raise lots of money for Velindre!
We were delighted to see that everyone got involved with the Great Gatsby theme. The ladies looked fabulous in flapper dresses and the gents stepped up to the mark in their pin stripe suits. We kicked off the action-packed evening with a drinks reception and a chance for City Life photographer, Sian to get a few snaps (before the wine really started flowing).
As always, the raffle really helped to push up our fundraising total and Barclays Bank generously matched our raffle total £ for £. While we counted the fantastic raffle donations, aspiring comedian Elliot Powell took to the stage and got the tables laughing into their next dinner courses. After a lovely dinner it was time for our guest speaker, Julian Lewis Jones to take to the stage, accompanied by Hugh Williams-Jones to share his best anecdotes which were, as expected, both interesting and hilarious!
It was then time for the auction, jam packed with great prizes including Beyonce tickets, a gliding lesson and a Welsh Football jersey, all expertly auctioned by professional auctioneer Andrew Morgan and adding over £5,500 to our total. It was then time for the music to start and our stylish guests to take to the dance floor, accompanied by numerous feather boas and silk scarves!
With clearer heads on Monday morning we totted up our total to an amazing £17763.53!! Thank you to everyone who supported the evening and a special thanks goes to the Mercure Hotel, Julian Lewis Jones, Hugh Williams-Jones, Eliot Powell, Barclays Bank, Andrew Morgan, Mark and Jen from City-life and Ian Jessop. Unfortunately we’re just over £4,000 away from our £100,000 total – but on the plus side we’ll just have to do it all again next year!
Velindre & the Lewis Ballard Charity Dinner
Our 6th annual Lewis Ballard Charity Dinner 25th April 2015 was a great success, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful friends, family and clients! We were able to raise an amazing £10,839.59 for Velindre Cancer Centre!
This brings our total over the last 6 years to £78,260.79, bringing us teasingly close to our £100,000 target!
We had great fun on the night – Sean Holley proved a charming host, Mark Colbourne MBE, Paralympic Gold Medalist gave a fantastic, inspirational and very moving speech and the raffle and auction both helped raise lots of money, with our friends at Barclays Bank very kindly £ for £ sponsoring our raffle to the value of £1000.
We were once again astonished at the generosity of the people around us and thank everyone who helped make it a great night and raised money for an excellent cause!
Many of you will know that Lewis Ballard was the first company in Wales to join this outstanding organisation and some of you may well have attended out INSPIRE event on the 1st of March 2012 led by the B1G1 Chairman, Paul Dunn. It is a non profit organisation which allows businesses like ours to give to over 700 charities just through our daily activities.
We have chosen our new projects for the coming years which include: For every set of accounts that we complete, we give children in Zimbabwe access to education, for every payroll we run, we give medication to a nursery school child in Ethiopia.
This means that simply by choosing us as your accountants you are making this giving possible. It is a fantastic opportunity to give back to those in need. Take a look at all the good that B1G1 does by clicking on their logo above.
Take a look at the giving that you have made possible in the widget below!
Race for Life
The ladies at Lewis Ballard have once again pledged to don there running trainers and complete the Cardiff Race for Life 2015!
If you’d like to sponsor the team please visit out Just Giving page.
Neil & Jan’s East Coast Bike Ride for Velindre
In January 2014 Neil and Jan attended their first meeting as Velindre Ambassadors and somehow left agreeing to cycle from Boston to New York in September.
After a great deal of trepidation and some serious self pity and whinging by Jan, the six month training regime paid off and they managed (some how) to complete the grueling 5 day marathon on schedule, cycling 320 miles in the process.
Jan recorded their efforts in an amusing blog which encouraged a generous £6565 of sponsorship. Combined with the Charity Dinner this raised £21,770 for Velindre in 2014. We thank you all for you very generous support.
Jan’s hilarious and touching Blog can be found by Clicking here.
In April 2014 Hollie was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure syndrome. Efforts to raise awareness and find a bone donor led to #pantsonyourhead, a massively successful Twitter campaign, which increased donor registration to www.anthonynolan.org by over 2580 percent. Although these efforts found a match for brave Hollie, sadly she lost her battle in November. Yet her family continue to honor her legacy by working tirelessly to support other families through HelpHollie and Anthony Nolan and we will continue to support them every step of the way.
You may well have seen Hollies story in the local news or perhaps spotted your favourite celebrity with their pants on their head for #pantsonyourhead. Are you, or any of your friends/family, aged 16 to 30, in good health, and want to help others like Hollie? All you have to do is provide a saliva sample, sent to you in the post and return it in a pre-paid envelope. I challenge you to do the same and register with the ANTHONY NOLAN TRUST. Simply visit www.anthonynolan.org and register! The trust is a database of people who are willing to give bone marrow to seriously ill children and adults. You quite literally get to save someone’s life! Over 30’s can check with their local blood service as you can normally donate bone marrow well into your 40’s. Click here to find out more deletebloodcancer.org.uk. So what are you waiting for? Register with one of the organisations above – it’ll only take 5 minutes of your time. To find out more about how to HelpHollie then click on the logo above or follow the cause on Twitter @HelpHollie and Facebook or if you would like to donate visit the JustGiving page!