Birketts donated £100,000 to good causes in 2016
Top 100 law firm Birketts has announced that lawyers and support staff managed to raise a staggering £100,000 for a range of charities in 2016.
Birketts’ charitable giving is focused on providing support to voluntary and community groups in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex whose primary aim is to improve the quality of people's lives.
Over the year members of all four offices held and supported numerous events, including Birketts’ Race4Business in aid of the J’s Hospice which saw a cheque presented for £25,500. A further £10,000 was raised for Walking With The Wounded, a Norfolk-based charity, as seven teams participated in this year’s Cumbrian Challenge. Additionally, £7,000 was raised for a number of charities via monthly collections (dress down days and other office events) held throughout the year.
Nigel Farthing, Partner and sponsor of the CSR committee at Birketts, commented: “We donate £40,000 each year via The Birketts’ Fund which is administered by the Suffolk Foundation, the Norfolk Community Foundation, the Cambridge Community Foundation and the Essex Community Foundation equally. Grants are awarded twice a year by a committee comprising a cross-section of staff and Partners of the firm.”
Nigel continued: “I am constantly impressed by the drive and enthusiasm of our staff to continually raise funds for worthwhile causes. Although the larger events grab the headlines it is the regular, smaller events that cumulatively have made such a difference. I am delighted that a result of their hard work and dedication, as well as the support from our friends, families and clients, we have managed to raise £100,000.”
Shaun Savory, Human Resources Director at Birketts, added: “Our CSR activity goes much further than raising funds. As part of our involvement with the community, all members of the firm are encouraged to spend one day a year, during working time, undertaking an approved community activity. Additionally, Birketts is also a member of the Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire branches of the Pro-Help Group providing legal assistance and support to small local groups principally concerned with the interests of ethnic minorities and the disadvantaged.”
Photo left to right: Laura Birden (The J's Hospice), Dynamo Dolphin (The J's Hospice) and Rafael Ruiz (Birketts)
Photo: Birketts entered seven teams into last year’s 'Walking With The Wounded’ Cumbrian Challenge.