02 Aug 2018

A trainee solicitor from Bristol law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has cycled over 850 miles in seven days in aid of St Peter's Hospice, Bristol's only adult hospice.

Will Budge, who is in his final year of training in WBD's Planning & Infrastructure team, has cycled from Aberdeen to Bristol, visiting all WBD offices along the way, starting in Aberdeen on Saturday 21 July then down to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, London, Southampton, Plymouth and Bristol.  

Will has already raised around £7,500 and undertook the challenge as part of WBD's fundraising efforts for St Peter's Hospice, which is the firm's chosen charity in Bristol. WBD has been supporting the hospice since January 2017, raising more than £50,000 for the Room to Care Appeal, a campaign that aims to raise the remaining £1.5 million needed to re-build the hospice's Inpatient Unit that will be fitted with new single, en-suite rooms.

Will Budge said:

"Even as a keen cyclist, this was by far the most testing and rewarding challenge that I have set myself. Our firm has been supporting St Peter's Hospice for many months and we've been amazed by the work it delivers in our community every day, improving the lives of patients and their families. I am delighted to have played my part in supporting St Peter's Hospice, this is our hospice and as it may end up caring for those we love or who are close to us, it deserves the support of everyone in the community.

"I also want to say a big thank you to WBD and all my colleagues in the UK, the support that I have had from the firm has been phenomenal and it's been a heartening source of motivation seeing all of the different offices get behind our cause and give me a warm welcome."

Jon Bower, Partner and Head of CSR in WBD's Bristol office added:

"Will has been an inspiration for us all, cycling 850 miles, which is nearly the equivalent distance to travelling from London to Budapest, Hungary. He also had to do a lot of training for it and cycled over 3,600 miles so far this year. On behalf of our firm, we'd like to say a big thank you to Will who has shown such commitment, selflessness and altruism in supporting St Peter's Hospice. 

"St Peter's Hospice has a strong personal resonance for our firm. Our colleague Robert Pope received care at the hospice before sadly passing away and so we wanted to show our gratitude for all the vital work it delivers in our community and for the care it gave to Robert and his family. Robert was also a keen cyclist. We're delighted to have raised such a tremendous amount and it is great to see so many people across our office get involved, donate and challenge themselves to support a great cause."  

Simon Caraffi, Chief Executive at St Peter’s Hospice, commented:

“We are very grateful to Will, and everyone at Womble Bond Dickinson for the incredible support that they are giving to St Peter’s Hospice, and have raised a significant amount of money towards patient care at the Hospice”. 

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice, caring for 2,000 patients every year. WBD has been supporting the hospice through a range of charitable and fundraising activities including sporting events, an Easter Fayre, a Bingo Night, a Grand National Fantasy horse race, dress down days, cake sales, payroll giving and volunteering in the hospice's shops across Bristol. 

WBD is already heavily involved in a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme in Bristol including Bristol Sport Community Foundation reading stars, Oasis Brightstowe Academy mentoring and the Prince's Trust.