Ironman challenge raises £12,000 for Dorset charity

Ironman: James Kidner, second right, pictured with wife Annabelle (right) and Carly and Michael Hopkin at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca.

A Dorset charity has paid tribute to a solicitor who raised more than £12,000 in an Ironman challenge.

James Kidner, a Partner with Ellis Jones Solicitors, raised a total of £12,149.50 for The Lexi May Trust after successfully completing the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca.

The event involved a 1.2 mile swim, 55.9 mile cycle and a 13.2 mile run with no breaks.

Carly Hopkin, Trustee of The Lexi May Trust, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible amount donated.

“The support of James’ family and friends has shown through in his achievement to complete the Ironman.

“We are extremely proud of James and would personally like to thank him for choosing our Trust, raising awareness and enabling families in Dorset to create memories.”

James, 36, flew to Mallorca with his wife, Annabelle, and was also joined by Carly and her husband, Michael.

“It was a very emotional day with lots of tears. I’ve done physical challenges before, including the London and Paris marathons, but nothing like this. It was a massive undertaking but an awesome experience,” said James.

He added: “The support I’ve received from people has been fantastic. The initial plan was to raise £1,500 but it quickly snowballed.

“There are lots of charities out there but The Lexi May Trust is something very special.”

The Lexi May Trust supports children with terminal illness or life limiting conditions throughout Dorset by providing memorable, fun and special days out.

The trust was set up by Carly and Michael in memory of their daughter Lexi who passed away, aged eight, a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).


Note to journalists: Ellis Jones is one of the largest law firms in Dorset and West Hampshire with more than 140 staff including 12 partners. It has offices in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs (Poole), Ringwood, Swanage and London offering a wide range of services to individuals and businesses.

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