Leading Law Firm Announces Charities Of The Year

Irwin Mitchell raising funds for local charities in 2017


Oliver Wicks, Press Officer | 0114 274 4649

Leading national law firm Irwin Mitchell has announced its charities of the year for 2017. Employees in each office voted to support a number of different charities throughout 2017.

This year, a range of organisations from children’s hospitals to air ambulance groups, bodies supporting those trapped in poverty or homelessness to rape crisis centres, have been chosen to benefit from the backing of Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year programme. Employees will help change lives across their local communities, by donating the proceeds of charitable activities, such as bake sales, dress down days and special events, to the local causes.

Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year initiative is part of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, an independent registered charity set up by the partners and employees of the law firm. More than £1.4m has been donated to worthy causes since the Foundation was formed in 1997.

Adrian Budgen, Partner and Head of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation at Irwin Mitchell, says: “We are delighted to be supporting all the chosen charities across the offices as our Charities of the Year and are looking forward to hosting plenty of fundraising activities to raise money for these very worthwhile causes.”

“Our employees vote at a local level and are very supportive of the charities we get involved with and

Irwin Mitchell is passionate about supporting and helping the local community. We have already kick-started fundraising across the offices and we have lots of events planned in the coming months to raise as much money as possible for the charities.”

Irwin Mitchell’s charities of the year for 2017 are:

Birmingham – Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year.

Bristol – The Anchor Society supports the elderly, frail and isolated in Bristol and surrounding areas.  

Cambridge – STARS offers support to children and young people who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives and those who know that someone important to them is going to die.

Chichester – Dementia Support's goal is to develop a definitive model in continuing care for people with dementia as well as provide full support for families and carers.

Gatwick – Crawley Open House provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion. 

Glasgow – Refuweegee is a community led project set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.

Leeds – Age UK Leeds works across Leeds and the district to support older people to enjoy later life.

London – Friendship Works is a children’s mentoring service and is part of the national charity Family Action. Its aim is to improve the emotional well-being, resilience and life chances of disadvantaged children and young people in London, through long-term mentoring.

Manchester – Mustard Tree aims to transform the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.

Newbury – Thames Valley Air Ambulance provides a life-saving emergency medical service to Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Newcastle – Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland supports women who may have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.

Southampton – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance exists to bring immediate, life-saving critical care to patients when they need it most.

Sheffield – Paces is a leading specialist centre for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders, with an ever growing reputation for excellence in Conductive Education, the only system available that addresses all of the needs of a child with cerebral palsy.

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