Lawyers’ marathon achievements raise over £5k for charities

Lawyers from the Leeds and Doncaster offices of hlw Keeble Hawson have completed briefs of a different kind after taking part in this year’s London Marathon.

Paul Grindley, employment lawyer and partner at the firm’s Leeds office and Paul Goel, managing partner of the Doncaster office, have jointly raised £5,100 to date for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa which cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses and national charity Phabkids which promotes the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled children and adults..

hlw Keeble Hawson, one of Yorkshire’s biggest law firms which also has offices in Sheffield, is a proactive supporter of local and regional charities.

The practice has raised £19,000 alone for Martin House Children’s Hospice in recent years through its involvement with the colourful Dragon Boat race since 2010 and additional fund raising activities. It has also hosted quiz nights for Harrogate-based Henshaws Society for the Blind and the Leeds Children’s Charity which takes 350 disadvantaged children on holiday annually.

Said Paul Grindley:

“The backing from friends, family and colleagues has been incredible and has made the challenge and the experience worthwhile. Martin House Children’s Hospice is an inspirational charity and I’m delighted to assist their invaluable work.”

Caroline Hudson, events manager at Martin House Children’s Hospice said:

“Every year, Martin House cares for and supports more than 400 local children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, both during the life of the child and into bereavement.  We need to raise most of the money via public and private donations and every penny helps!  Paul Grindley completing the London Marathon and raising sponsorship is a great way of contributing to the funding.  Well done Paul – a fantastic achievement! Thanks from the families and children at Martin House.”

Paul Goel said:

“Phabkids is a great charity and, because we have friends with disabled children, its cause and aims are especially poignant. It supports a network of around 200 clubs catering for all ages and offering activities which members can share and enjoy together. An enormous ‘thank you’ for the wonderful support and encouragement I’ve received.”

Madeleine Fry from Phabkids said:

“Phab are grateful to Paul for his fantastic fundraising which will go towards the Phabkids residential Inclusive Living Experiences for 9-16 year olds and for an older group, the Skills for Independence Projects residential. Congratulations Paul on your huge personal achievement whilst supporting Phabkids and thank you.”

On May 12 this year the duo is taking part in the Sheffield half marathon for Help for Heroes which supports servicemen and women wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.


Paul Goel (left) and Paul Grindley


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