Wales’ much-loved bottled water producer, Princes Gate Spring Water, is encouraging people in Rhondda Cynon Taff to help in its efforts of raising £100,000 to enhance and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and young people locally.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the business, which produces over 120 million bottles of spring water each year, is seeking the support of individual fundraisers and corporate partners.
Set up by brothers David and Glyn Jones in 1991, the Narberth-based business has raised over £150,000 for a number of Wales-based charities, including the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity, over the past 25 years.
In 2014, it made the decision to formalise and strengthen its charitable endeavours by establishing the Princes Gate Trust; a stand-alone registered charity.
The Princes Gate Trust raised in excess of £100,000 in its first year alone through a variety of fundraising events and challenges including sponsored bike rides clocking up 10,000 miles, ultimate marathons and its very own ‘Daithlon’ – a quirky twist on a triathlon.
It has helped a number of inspirational and spirited young people includingthree-year-old Dewi James from Pontypridd.
Dewi is a funny and charming three year old who is desperate to be able to jump, run, climb, kick a ball and to be able to walk without falling over or being in pain.
Dewi has been diagnosed with Diplegia Spasticity Cerebral Palsy which affects his walking ability and being able to balance which makes him get tired very easily. His family became aware of a surgical procedure that Dewi is a perfect candidate for called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).
As the NHS in Wales is only funding eight children a year to have this surgery and with no guarantees of how long the wait will be, his family started to raise money to self-fund the surgery in the USA. In November 2016, Dewi will have this surgery and the Princes Gate Trust has funded all of Dewi’s post-op physiotherapy equipment.
Over the next year and with the support of ambassadors including former Wales rugby players Ryan Jones, Shane Williams and Ian Gough, Princes Gate is looking to up its fundraising efforts for the trust through a number of challenges including Velothon Wales, CARTEN100, Ironman Wales and St David’s Hotel & Spa Zip Wire Challenge.
The Princes Gate Trust has also been chosen to receive half the proceeds of the Manic Street Preachers official Wales EURO 2016 song, ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’, in partnership with The Football Association of Wales.
David Jones, managing director of Princes Gate and founder of the Princes Gate Trust, said: “Our 25th anniversary is a significant landmark for our business. It is something we’re incredibly proud of and something that wouldn’t be possible without the support of our very talented and dedicated team of employees.
“In reaching this milestone, we wanted to up-the-ante in terms of our fundraising efforts for the trust. We have been truly inspired by both the young people we have helped and the supporters who we have helped us in our efforts. Whilst raising funds for such worthy causes, it’s also of paramount importance that we continue to promote healthy lifestyles in doing so. We like to lead by example and so are proud to participate in all our events – which have yielded scores of Ironmen over the years.
“I feel this will be our biggest and best year yet. The challenges are tough and our ambitions are high. We already have the support of some fantastic corporate supporters, individual fundraisers and brand ambassadors, and we are hopeful that many others will join us in our mission to change lives and create smiles.”