We are delighted to announce that we have raised over £8,800 in total for our Charity of the Year, Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex branch).
In 2016 we chose a charity very close to one of our own staff member’s heart. Sue Nash is a family lawyer here at the firm and also the Chair of Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex Branch). She works tirelessly to raise funds for those affected by this terrible disease. Her colleagues have seen her dedication over the years and were inspired to help transform sufferers’ lives with a number of fundraising activities.
The fundraising had a healthy start in May when a number of staff members participated in the Walk to D’Feet event from Leigh-on-Sea to Southend, raising £429. Sue’s colleague, Catherine Loadman then raised the bar further with a bike ride from London to Surrey in July, with donations of over £600.
October saw Kim Huggins swim 22 miles in 22 days to raise £334, with 50% of her donations going to the pot. Our sporty bunch decided to push themselves again and enter the Brentwood Half Marathon in March. This had an amazing response and raised almost £3,000.
Christmas is always a charitable time of year and our annual ‘Christmas at the Queens’ event raised over £2,000 for charity, with 50% going to MNDA (the remaining 50% is donated to Queens Theatre Hornchurch). A charity casino night was the final big event on the calendar and guests gave generously to raise over £1,000.
In addition to these major events throughout the year, the firm has held dress-down days, bake sales and quiz nights. Every completed client satisfaction questionnaire raises another £1 for the charity.
Twelve months and a total of £8,841.77 later, Managing Partner Philip Cockram was delighted to present a cheque to Sue on behalf of the firm to help the charity continue their fantastic work. Sue said “I am overwhelmed by the efforts of the firm for MNDA and delighted to accept this donation. This will help to quite literally change so many peoples’ lives. Every penny is put to good use – the branch is run entirely by volunteers and so this will go a long way.”
MNDA (South Essex branch) is run entirely by volunteers and provides support tailored to sufferers needs. This includes equipment such as speech assistance tools, house adaptions and mobility equipment, but also emotional support such as coffee mornings and moral boosting opportunities for sufferers.
If you would like to find out more about MNDA South Essex Branch visit www.mndsouthessex.org
We are very sad to say goodbye to MNDA (South Essex branch) as our charity of the year but many team members will no doubt be staying involved with the charity in a personal capacity.