Charity & Voluntary Work
Boyns Information Systems Ltd. are ever so keen to contribute to society. We actively encourage our Staff to take Part in Charitable fund raising activities as well as helping local Schools and Organisations wherever possible. Examples of this include:-
It was decided in 2015 to engage with the People of Nepal following the Earthquake Disaster. I had travelled to Nepal on a Mountaineering trip many years ago and have an afinity with the people. They have a natural Kindness and Generosity which is infectious.
So this was a challenge that could not be done on my own. I Engaged with Suppliers, Customers and local Schools. The plan was to help Educate School children on the Plight of the Nepalese People, their culture, History and Geography. At the same time teach them the benefits of healthy eating, fitness and the fun of taking part in sporting events whilst wherever possible working as teams i.e. helping the younger children.
Included are 2 Press Releases one for Ysgol Cynradd Pentrecelyn (Primary School) and the other for The Rhyl and Prestatyn Schools Clusters. The Fund is now in Excess of £4500. It is expected the money will go towards building a school for Nepalese Children. The benefits locally will be that the Denbighshire Schools will engage with the children and follow the development of the school.
Ysgol Pentrecelyn complete Triathlon and raise Money for the Nepal Appeal.
Ysgol Pentrecelyn pupils completed a Triathlon and raised £521 in aid of Ironman Wales Nepal Appeal. All 46 Children took part From Nursery to Year 6. The money will be added to a fund set up by Robert Boyns of Boyns Information Systems Ltd who recently competed in Ironman Wales. The fund combined is currently in excess of £1500 and rising. The money will go towards helping to re-build schools in the country devastated by the Earthquake earlier this year.
The Triathlon took place at Ysgol Brynhyfryd and Rob Boyns was helped by Royden Healey from Welsh Triathlon, and the enthusiastic staff and pupils of Ysgol Brynhyfryd.
The children competed by age group and swam in the pool. They then exited to the playing fields and scootered and cycled various distances. Finally they completed a gruelling run around the athletics track.
The weather was perfect and members of the PTA setup a drinks and snacks area to fuel the young athletes. All in all it was a very successful day and S4C were there to record the event and it was shown on a TV programme for young people called “Ffeil”.
As a surprise to the young athletes, Joe Woolford – one of Ruthin’s local heroes presented the medals to the children who were most excited and grateful.
Miss Madoc Jones the Head of Ysgol Pentrecelyn commented “The Children have had a wonderful experience, they have learnt about the culture of Nepal, empathised with its people, learnt about health issues, competed and worked as teams and have been enthused by the whole experience. The children are now excitedly looking forward to a repeat of the event next year”.
Miss Madoc Jones also added “This is a great example of Commerce, community and schools working together to further and enrich the education of our children”
To contribute to the Nepal Appeal please visit. https://www.gofundme.com/vyp4m84
Corporate Sponsors of the event include Boyns Information Systems Ltd, Hafod Renewables, Wern Vets, Henllan Bread and Panda Securities.
Rhyl Schools Take on Triathlon
The Rhyl Learning Community of 10 Schools join together with local businesses to take on Charity Triathlon for the second year.
Ten schools from Rhyl will be taking part in the Rhyl Learning Community Triathlon which will see 40 primary school children swimming, cycling and running. The teachers will also be taking part in their own ‘fun’ triathlon.
Each of the schools have taken part in their own triathlons throughout the week, leading up to the event. All the school children were encourage to get involved and take part in the activity and charity fundraising. Finalists from each of the ten schools were then chosen to represent their school at the finals at the Marine Lake on 24th September.
This will be the second year that the Rhyl Learning Community Triathlon has taken place, following the success of 2014 Triathlon when seven schools took part. The schools are raising money to support P&A’s and Boyns.net Ironman fundraising efforts for their chosen charities, Alzheimer’s Society and The Nepal Rivers Conservation Trust.
The Triathlon event is being supported by P&A Group and Boyns.net The two local companies will be donating medals, trophies and prizes for the most inspiring success story as well as the prize for the overall winning school. The now triple Ironmen will be there on the day sharing their enthusiasm for sport and fitness as well as some useful tips and encouragement for the school children. The prizes will be awarded by recently elected Conservative MP Dr. James Davies and the Mayor of Rhyl.
This unique event is the culmination of a successful partnership between many public, private and voluntary organisations. They include The Rhyl Learning Community, P&A Group, Boyns.net, Denbighshire County Council, The Sea Cadets, RNLI, Aqua Adventure Wetsuits, Sainsbury’s, Welsh Triathlon, Colwyn Bay Triathlon Club, The Police Cadets, and Rhyl Miniature Railway.
In 2014 our chosen Charity was The Alzheimers Society:
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for contributing to our 2014 Charity appeal on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. Dad passed away the year before and had suffered from Alzheimer’s related illness for a few years, so I thought it was apt that Alzheimer’s was the charity of choice.
The event was once again the Tenby Wales Ironman which was a crazy weekend.
Just in case you are unaware of the Ironman Event which must be completed in under 17 hours it is:-
- 4 mile swim in Carmarthen Bay followed by
- 112 mile cycle through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a
- Marathon run of 26.2 miles through the medieval town walls, picturesque beachfront of Tenby and hills above
The good news is that between us all (i.e. you people) we raised £2293.90!
- I completed in 12 hours, 34 minutes and 12 seconds which knocked 1 hour and 21 minutes of the previous years’ time.
- I burnt 9050 calories in the process.
- I finished in the top 20% of 2085 athletes.
Even though I managed it faster, it was on occasion just as strenuous… My preparation was probably more intense too and this reflected in my time I think. I also slept a bit better the night before and the previous night too which is important. I guess I had an idea what was ahead of me having experienced it before.
Even though the event was a huge challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The swim was really extreme, big winds, a swell and waves. It was difficult to spot the buoys as the waves were over our heads.
Officially 60 people were rescued from the sea, 3 were hospitalised from the Sea and one had a severe heart attack in the Sea as conditions were so atrocious. I had my goggles kicked or elbowed off 3 times and each time you slow down people swim over you and push you under which was tough. I did however enjoy the swim more than the previous year as it became a bit of a battle.
The Bike was long but support was at every house, farm and village which kept you attacking.
I ran well and only stopped for drinks on the first three laps of 10.5km each. I did slowdown to a walk for about 5 to 10 minutes on the steepest part of the last lap sorry. And lost some time.
Included is a quote from Alzheimer’s:-
“Alzheimer’s Society is leading the fight against dementia and champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them. We support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow. Rob’s fundraising and the support of his sponsors has been a fantastic contribution to our vital work, including our national and local services here in North Wales that support people with dementia and their families. We are truly grateful for his support”
A BUSINESSMAN tackled Wales’ toughest race having been inspired by a close friend’s little son who is battling leukaemia.
Rob Boyns, 45, who runs Ruthin-based IT firm Boyns Information Systems, took part in the Ironman Wales Triathlon at Tenby, Pembrokeshire – one of the world’s toughest races – raising thousands of pounds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
And Rob completed the event, which involved a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, in an amazing time of 13 hours, 55 minutes and 34 seconds.
Super-fit Rob, who stuck to an intensive training regime for months before tackling the gruelling challenge, was determined to raise as much money as possible for the
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as his close friend’s son, Madog Wyn, who is just 18 months old, is being treated there for acute leukaemia.
Rob said: “Madog’s parents, Wyn Jones and Indeg Wyn, have to travel from their Pwllheli home to Merseyside for Madog to be treated by the specialists in Liverpool, a round trip of up to four and half hours.
“I met Wyn when I was at Aberystwyth University 25 years ago and we have been close friends ever since. In fact he intended to take part in Ironman Wales himself but Madog’s diagnoses put paid to that. He is just concentrating on getting Madog fit and well again.
“I wanted to support Madog and his mum and dad and thought the best way was to raise funds for Alder Hey where he is receiving such wonderful treatment.
“So far, Boyns Information Systems has raised more than £4,000 with some money still coming in. And the team of four I was a part of has raised more than £18,000 which is a fantastic amount.”
He added: “It was certainly a tough event and I have to say I could never have done it without the support of my family, staff and customers who backed me all the way.”
Rob, a former rugby player, says he realised his dream when, lining up on Tenby’s North Beach early in the morning, alongside thousands of other competitors and spectators, he was able to put his hand on his heart as the Welsh National Anthem was sung.
He said: “It was actually a surreal moment, standing there in a wetsuit, nervous but so proud of my Welsh heritage. Then it was into the water and we were off. The swim was tough and boats and the cold perhaps the biggest challenges.
“After the swim it was a run through streets lined with supporters and onto the bike. The ride went well although the weather was variable with a lot of rain.
“But the support was amazing, every village had people lining the streets cheering us on while bands played and children tried to pass you sweets. It was fantastic.
“And toward the end, when I realised I had the chance of finishing in less than 14 hours, I just about had the energy left to put in a bit of a spurt.”
He added: “Getting to the finish line was just brilliant.”
Wyn Jones said: “Rob’s effort was sensational and to raise so much money is incredible. He really did a wonderful job and was certainly dedicated to his training.
“I’m proud of the fact he chose to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as Madog has received such fantastic treatment at what is a wonderful children’s hospital.
“We know we have a long road ahead when it comes to Madog’s care plan.
“However, at the moment we have to take one day at a time. It is tough having to travel so far for treatment but we have such confidence in Alder Hey and the specialists who are treating Madog.”
To donate to Rob Boyns’ fundraising by visiting
Many thanks for your kind donations, included is a quotation and a few pics from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital which conveys their gratitude to you for your kind gifts. Again these were in excess of £4500 in total.
It was an emotional visit for Gwenllian and the family but an important part of the ”healing” process. The hospital were very kind to us and the majority of the staff of the Intensive Treatment Unit greeted us and made us feel welcome and appreciated. Gwenllian is keen to be proactive in promoting organ donation and there should be some more info. Re. this in the future which I can forward on to you.
My personal roadmap in raising money for charities has forced me to up the bar a bit and I am entering the Wales Ironman in September. It is widely considered to be one of the 3 hardest Ironmans in the World and will be a massive challenge. The money will be going to Alder Hey Children’s hospital. Included is a bit of information. Training is going hard and I completed 16 hours in the last 7 days consuming over 10,000 Calories in the process! My biggest challenge now is to nurse the sore joints through the training plan for the next 7 weeks whilst avoiding injury, keep active in work and spend as much time as possible with my deprived family!
Diolch yn fawr Rob
We are extremely grateful to Robert and his daughter Gwenllian for their kind donation to the Intensive Therapy Unit. We do not often receive such large donations and want to thank them for all their hard fundraising efforts alongside their friends and networks to raise this generous amount. After a discussion with Gwen & Rob we jointly decided the donation would primarily support patient needs within the unit along with an upgrade to the relatives’ room to equip it with suitable furniture, entertainment and artwork. This would meet Gwen’s wishes for future patients’ relatives to experience a comfortable and homely setting during often difficult times. Through our charity, Awyr Las, these types of donations are crucial to ensure we can enhance patient and family experiences with facilities over and above what the NHS can provide.
Dr George Bugelli, Consultant Anaesthetist & Steve Rathbone, Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Intensive Therapy Unit, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.