More than 30 colleagues from the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell raised over £2,700 for their 2019 Charity of the Year SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support) by completing a 12-mile sponsored walk.
The Leeds office team enjoyed glorious sunshine on Friday 20 September, as they took on the 9 to 5 challenge by completing a circular route from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and through the surrounding Dearne Valley and the Pennines in aid of the local charity, raising a total of £2,726 through sponsorship and donations.
Leeds based, SNAPS provide leisure support services for children with additional needs of all kinds and their families. The aim is to support the entire family, by enabling them to participate in a shared physical activity in relaxed surroundings, supported by professional, dedicated staff.
SNAPS rely on goodwill and donations to provide their services, which led Leeds office staff to nominate SNAPS as their Charity of the Year 2019, part of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF) programme. Established in 1997, the IMCF is an independent registered charity which has donated more than £2 million to good causes throughout the UK; £284,000 in 2018 alone.
The 9-5 walk was just the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives organised by the Leeds office to support SNAPS. On 15 September, several team members joined the charity as cheer station volunteers at the Superhero Zoom event, where 120 families took part in a fun run event for children with additional needs, launched by Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Eileen Taylor.
Sanna Mazhar, a solicitor from the Leeds office and member of the IMCF, said: “I would like to thank all our staff members who took part, for their time and their amazing fundraising efforts. A special thank you is due to my colleague Dominic Riley, who planned the walk and led the way as Team Captain on the day.
I was a cheer station volunteer at the Superhero Zoom, which was a fun-filled enjoyable morning. To see all the children so happy was a reminder of why SNAPS is our Charity of the Year and the number of colleagues who support the fundraising shows what it means to everyone. SNAPS do fantastic work and we are proud to help them continue to do so.”
Eve Holdsworth, Community Fundraising Manager for SNAPS, said: “We are proud of everyone who goes out of their way to support our fundraising efforts and it was great to see the Irwin Mitchell volunteers at the Superhero Zoom and then take on this fundraising walk. For us, every penny matters and we are grateful for all their fundraising efforts on our behalf.”
The Leeds office is tantalisingly close to reaching their £3,000 target and the donation page will remain open until December to allow every opportunity to reach their target. The team’s Virgin Money giving page can be found at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/IMLeedsWalking9to5