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Business Club President's Challenge of a Lifetime Sees Her Double Fundraising Target To £40,000
- AuthorHayley Davies
Swansea Bay Business Club President and CEO of JCP Solicitors, Hayley Davies has raised almost £42,000 for Welsh children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan - smashing her original target of £20,000.
Hayley completed her trio of charity challenges with a sky dive on Sunday 25th September after mastering the Three Peaks of Wales challenge and an exacting cycle from London to Paris earlier this year.
Hayley comments: “When I took over the presidency of Swansea Bay Business Club last year I pledged to raise £20,000 by completing three extreme challenges in support of my chosen charity, Tŷ Hafan. This has been the challenge of a lifetime and I’m so grateful to the people that have supported me over the past year to help double this initial target.
“I’ve been touched by the support from my colleagues at JCP and members of Swansea Bay Business Club who have joined me in these challenges, investing significant amounts of money on kit and so much time and effort on training and fundraising. In addition, the business community has been so generous with sponsorship that we just kept exceeding our targets.”
When asked what’s been the hardest challenge so far, Hayley says: “Each challenge has been difficult in different ways, particularly as sporting events have not previously featured high in my choice of interests!
“The cycle to Paris was physically challenging as it turned out to be 355 miles over the 4 days in very warm conditions. Forcing myself to get out of the plane to do the skydive was psychologically terrifying but the views from the plane were incredible. By far though, the Three Peaks was the hardest for me as I was terrified of falling off the mountain!
“Fitting a gruelling training schedule around a full time job has been tough, and I’ve needed to be more organised than ever before. But knowing the money would go to families supported by Tŷ Hafan has motivated me to carry on.
“Some things had to be put on hold and my social life took a back step for a number of months. However, the support of family, friends and colleagues made it all possible. In particular my team mates made the training as much fun as it could be and the team at Cycle Specific gave excellent training and nutritional advice which kept us on the right track.”
When asked if she had any tips for anyone looking to get started, Hayley comments: “Surround yourself with a great team, get good quality training and nutrition support and try and have fun along the way. Keep an eye on the fundraising, as seeing the pot growing will keep you motivated.”
It’s not too late to sponsor Hayley for her challenges. To donate to Hayley’s bid in aid of Tŷ Hafan, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/sbbc-team-three-event-challenge-ty-hafan
Hayley (left)was joined on the Skydive this weekend by fellow charity dare devils, Gavin Jones (centre), owner of Leo Eye Care in Skewen and Jane Parker(right), Branch Manager from Swansea Building Society.