A year-long charity fundraising drive organised by Jersey law firm Sinels to mark its 25th anniversary has broken through the £10,000 barrier, thanks to the long distance walking efforts of one of its lawyers.

Advocate Lauren Glynn raised almost £930 by completing the 48.1 mile round-the-island Itex Walk this year in 18 hours, taking the overall total raised by the firm so far to over £10,000. The money raised by Lauren has been donated to the Centre Point Trust and will be used to help the Trust purchase a new specially adapted mini-bus for disabled children. Centre Point Trust provides day care for children between the ages of two and 12 and currently looks after a total of around 500 children.

Sinels’ year-long fundraising drive forms part of the firm’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which will come to a conclusion in April 2013. Working in conjunction with the Association of Jersey Charities, money raised through the campaign will be distributed to 25 local charities.

Other activities undertaken so far this year in aid of the fundraising drive include the launch of two special ‘Sinels Sensations Coffees’ at Bean Around the World, a Charity Golf Challenge and a sponsored staff abseil down Cyril Le Marquand House. Further plans for the remaining seven months of the campaign include a charity ball, a family fete and a sponsored staff parachute jump.

Philip Sinel, Senior Partner, Sinels, said:

“At the beginning of our anniversary celebrations in April this year, we set ourselves a hugely ambitious target of raising £25,000 in a year, so it’s very pleasing to reach this milestone. Staff, families, friends and supporting partner organisations have put in a huge amount of effort so far in reaching this total. We still have a long way to go in reaching our target though, and I’m looking forward to the coming months as we ramp our efforts up even further to reach that goal and make a real difference to local charities.”

Nigel Hill, Chairman of Centre Point Trust, added:

“To be the recipient of such a significant donation from Lauren is fantastic and on behalf of the Trustees, staff and children of Centre Point, I’m extremely grateful for her efforts. Centre Point relies heavily on the generosity of organisations and this gift will be put to good use in acquiring a new much-needed mini-bus for our disabled children. I wish Sinels the very best of luck for the remainder of their charity fundraising initiative.”

Advocate Lauren Glynn commented:

“The Itex Walk was hard work, but it was certainly worth it. To have raised such a good sum of money for a fantastic cause in Centre Point Trust and to have taken the total sum raised by the firm over the £10,000 mark in doing so makes it even more pleasing.”

The 25 charities being supported by Sinels through their fundraising drive this year are Brighter Futures, Millie Child Contact, Adapt, Caring Hands Charitable Trust, the Women’s Refuge, Headway Jersey, Jersey Hospice, Jersey Cancer Trust, Hope for John, Relate, Diabetic Jersey, JSPCA, Communicare, Brook in Jersey, Jubilee Sailing Trust, Jersey Heritage, Brig-y-don Children’s Home, Centre Point Trust, Friends of the Bridge, Jersey Disabled Holiday Group, Jersey Family Mediation Service, Jersey Foster Carers Association, Jersey Domestic Violence Forum, Teenage Cancer Trust and Meals on Wheels.