South Wales Echo, 30th May 2007
A team of women ‘lawyers in lycra’ are gearing up for the fortchoming Race for Life in Cardiff with three of their team having lost parents to cancer.

The 14 strong all-female team for the event at Bute Park’s Blackweir fields has been put together by lawyers and secretaries at Cardiff-based Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice.

Team organiser and lawyer Anna Weaver said it was the second year in succession the women had got together to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Thea Hughes, Partner says “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and, thankfully she has been in remission since then. We are all pleased to support this charity as, sadly, cancer touches the lives of so many people.”

Melanie Hamer, Partner explains, “My mum died in 2002 aged 65 years after being diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2000. I did the race for life in the summer of 2001 when we thought she was in remission and gave my finisher’s medal to her. We followed it up again with a great team effort last year.

“It was Anna’s idea and she’s organised us all. It’s great that so many women take part .It’s always touching to read the signs on people’s backs and see how many people have been affected in their family by this disease,” added Melanie.

The Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice team is made up of Melanie Hamer, and colleagues Anna Weaver, Thea Hughes, Kate Edwards, Amanda Waktins, Debra Pearce, Rachel Edwards, Claire Cooper, Aumeneh Boardman, Angela Jones, Liz Williams, Lorraine Watts, Danielle McCarthy and Nia Roberts.

It will be the 12th year in succession that Cardiff has hosted a Race for Life and since the event started in 1994.

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice, Cardiff, was founded with just three solicitors in 1996 as the first law firm in Wales devoted entirely to family law. It is now one of the UK’s largest firms devoted to family law matters.

The firm covers all aspects of family law including divorce and separation, children matters, finances and services for the elderly.