We are delighted to announce that we have raised over £11,200 in total for our Charity of the Year 2017, SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).
In 2017, we chose local charity SNAP, who work tirelessly in the community to help 0-25 years olds with special needs and their parents in a variety of ways, providing a respite lifeline for many of these families.
The firm’s fundraising plans for the year were a mixture of internal events, running challenges and slightly more out of the box activities. Our monthly dress down days in the office managed to raise £600, and this figure was matched by our client satisfaction questionnaires, which sees the firm donate £1 for every completed form we receive back from our clients.
Pinney Pacers Alex Pearce, Stephen Eccles, Lexie Jacobs, Keeley Miller and Suzanne Figgins took on the challenge of various running events throughout the year, including the Brighton Marathon. Their spirited efforts managed to raise an incredible £1,100 for SNAP.
October saw our most challenging task to date, when solicitors Sue Nash, Catherine Loadman and Lucy Birch undertook a 24-hour Danceathon in our Upminster office, which was also streamed live on Facebook. The entire local community and our corporate sponsors rallied around them and their endeavours managed to raise over £5,000.
Christmas is always a charitable time of year and our annual ‘Christmas at the Queens’ event raised over £2,700, with 50% going to SNAP (the remaining 50% is donated to Queens Theatre Hornchurch).
In addition to these major events throughout the year, the firm has held bake sales, sweepstakes and quiz nights.
Twelve months and a total of £11,226.02 later, Catherine Loadman, Keeley Miller and Lucy Birch were delighted to present a cheque to SNAP on behalf of the firm to help the charity continue their fantastic work.
Throughout the year more than 500 children and young people regularly use The SNAP Centre to take part in therapies, play sessions and clubs and over 600 parents and carers receive hands-on help at the centre. In total, over 1,800 families across Essex benefit from the information and advice services, delivered by the team of friendly staff and 100 dedicated volunteers.
In 2017, their aim was to gain donations and fundraising to cover their costs. The firm’s efforts will be put towards these ongoing causes.
If you would like to find out more about SNAP and the work they do, visit www.snapcharity.org
We are very sad to say goodbye to SNAP as our charity of the year but many team members will no doubt be staying involved with the charity in a personal capacity.
Our new charity of the year for 2018 is Tapestry and we are looking forward to working with them closely over the next 12 months.