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The patent and trade mark attorney firm, based at BioCity, is no stranger to corporate fitness challenges, particularly with a view to fundraising. The company has raised almost £3,000 this year for The Prince’s Trust and Narcolepsy UK, with employees taking part in a variety of events, including a 25 mile walk across the White Peak and the recent Derby triathlon.

Simon Cooper, Managing Director, is one of six employees who took part in the triathlon and will also be running with the relay team on Sunday 29th. “Taking part in an event such as a triathlon or half marathon as part of a team is much less daunting and often a lot more fun than competing as an individual. The teambuilding aspect is particularly important to us when deciding which events to enter. The atmosphere on the day was fantastic, and everyone performed extremely well, especially considering that none of us had ever entered a triathlon before. Our marketing manager, Rachel Biggin, was also named the fastest lady in the corporate challenge and is hoping to enter more triathlons in the future.” 

Adamson Jones is also a regular fixture in the Robin Hood Half Marathon and this year is no exception, with the company entering a team in the Nottingham Post Corporate relay Challenge, as well as several employees taking part as individual competitors.

Simon Cooper explains “The Robin Hood Corporate Relay Challenge is a firm favourite of ours and a great way for employees to get fit, raise money for our charities and meet up with other local businesses. It’s much more accessible to employees that are not necessarily seasoned runners but who would like to take part in the race. Last year we came in second place so who knows, we could do even better this year and come in first!”

The team has an even greater incentive to do well in this year’s race in the form of their BioCity rival team, who have thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Adamson Jones to a race. The team that runs the half marathon in the quickest time will receive £100 towards a charity of their choice, courtesy of the losing team.

Adamson Jones chose Narcolepsy UK as one of its nominated charities due to a personal connection, as the daughter of their Chairman, Steve Jones, suffers from the illness. Narcolepsy affects around 30,000 people in the UK, and can cause the sufferer to fall asleep in unusual places or circumstances. The team hopes their fundraising efforts will help promote awareness of narcolepsy as well as provide funding towards the local self-help groups and research into the cause and treatment of the condition.

Matt O'Neill, Chairman & Voluntary Trustee, Narcolepsy UK, posted a message of thanks on the charity's Facebook page. " All I can do is express my admiration for all of you who took part in this event in order to raise valuable funding for both Narcolepsy UK & The Prince's Trust. The effort, time, commitment to training & competing when life doesn't afford you much (if any) spare time is hugely appreciated by myself personally, the Trustees of Narcolepsy UK and all of those who will benefit from your efforts. Well done and thank you."

The company will be rounding off their year of fundraising with a less physical but no less competitive challenge, a ‘Baking Bonanza’. BioCity tenants who are fans of the popular TV show, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ will be in for a real treat, as they are invited to sample & subsequently judge an array of sweet and savoury baked delights, made by Adamson Jones. After all the physical exertion of their previous fundraising efforts, the team definitely deserve a well-earned sit down with a cup of tea and a bun!

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