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Llantrisant, 25 September 2017

100-strong Welsh team takes on mass charity challenge to fund local school sensory room

Llantrisant team raises £16,000 for Ysgol Hen Felin with latest community challenge
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Arthur J. Gallagher's team in Wales has raised £16,000 with their latest community-focused mass participation charity challenge, ‘Beat the Seats’. The funds were raised to pay for much-needed equipment and a new sensory room at Ysgol Hen Felin in Ystrad, Rhondda.

More than 100 Arthur J. Gallagher and Ysgol Hen Felin employees took on the three-part challenge last Saturday, which began with a tough 7-mile canoe down the River Wye, starting in Huntsham Bridge and finishing at Monmouth Canoe Centre.

The second stage took place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where the volunteers were challenged to sit on every single seat in the stadium — a 74,500-capacity venue — to ‘Beat the Seats’, with the third and final instalment seeing team members take on a gruelling 16 mile cycle ride to the finishing point in Llantrisant.

The goal was to raise enough funds to purchase much needed sensory resources which will benefit the children at Ysgol Hen Felin, a special school whose mission is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for pupils with severe behavioural, learning and sensory difficulties. The planned makeover to the sensory room will include the replacement of equipment such as bubble tubes, LED curtains, a safety wall and floor pads.

The challenge on Saturday formed only one part of an entire programme of fundraising activity at the insurance broker. Other events have included weekly raffles, baking competitions, dress-down Fridays and table football tournaments to ensure the target was hit.

Mike Jones, Regional Managing Director for Arthur J. Gallagher in Wales, said: “To see my colleagues come together in aid of this fantastic local cause makes me immensely proud of everyone who took part in the ‘Beat the Seats’ challenge. It was inspiring to witness the teamwork and dedication of our colleagues throughout the day.

“At Arthur J. Gallagher we support our colleagues in their charitable endeavours and can double their fundraising efforts through our ‘Matched Giving’ scheme. We also actively encourage team members to commit to supporting their local community in practical ways too. If we help to put Ysgol Hen Felin on the map, hopefully other businesses will also offer their vital support to such a great school.”

Nigel Hendy, Deputy Head Teacher at Ysgol Hen Felin, said: “We have been blown away by the efforts and determination of the employees from Arthur J. Gallagher. We can’t thank them enough for their amazing generosity and support in raising funds for our school.

“We are a school for children with very severe learning difficulties. Having this state of the art facility provides stimulation for the pupils, which they will look forward to using every day.”

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