Putting our best foot forward for a worthy cause
During the coronavirus lockdown, the team at Sharpe Pritchard made the most of their daily walk by raising much needed cash for a worthy cause.
Fifty partners and staff at the firm pounded the streets and footpaths to raise funds for the Access to Justice Foundation Emergency Advice Appeal by collectively walking or running 1,000 kilometres.
The team had aimed to complete the challenge in 14 days but smashed that target by covering 1,273 kilometres in just nine days.
Crisis Square Mile Run
The firm took part in this charity run again in 2018 – a refreshing 4 mile dash around central London to raise money for Crisis, the homeless charity.
The fun event saw the SP team of 13 runners do really well. Steve Gummer and Jonathan Wall did really well, finishing came in 11th and 13th respectively out of over 300 runners whilst extra praise must be given to Alexandra Bellis who had ‘never run in her life’ and despite forgetting her shorts, committed to running the race in her lovely dress and tights!
Fitzrovia Youth Action
FYA held a community planting project. Volunteers from our firm worked alongside young people who organised and led this project on behalf of the Warren Street community. The event took place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May and following two days of digging and planting, a celebration barbecue was held.
Christmas Jumper Day
The annual Christmas Jumper Day was organised by Emily Knowles and held on 14 December 2018. Staff made a voluntary donation to wear a festive top. The jumpers ranged from understated and tasteful to neither of those things!
Christmas bake sales
In both years, the firm purchased a large quantity of cupcakes from The Fancy Baker, a South London independent artisan cake business and staff made a voluntary donation for each delicious cupcake. The firm raised over £500 for the chosen charities, across both Christmases.
In 2017 the recipient of our donations was Water Aid, a well-established charity which helps provide clean water to remote communities in the developing world. The Government offered match funding to Water Aid, which effectively doubled the funds which we raised.
In 2018, the chosen charity was the Royal Marsden Hospital, with which the firm has a personal connection.
Christopher Hatton School
Denise Stephenson and Hector Denfield from Sharpe Pritchard got involved with a number of projects to support pupils at the school including Public speaking lessons for World Speech Day and a presentation and Q&A session to help youngsters interested in pursuing a legal career.
London Legal Walk
The annual 10k London Legal Walk raises much needed funds for charities that provide life changing legal advice and representation to those in need. A number of SP colleagues took part in the event which overall raised more than £830,000 and saw over 13,000 people take part.
Old Blackberry phones
Over the years the firm has built up a sizeable collection of old Blackberry phones which were gathering dust in a box.
These phones still worked so we donated them to a charity called Reconnected, which works with Three Mobile to give people in need access to phones. They work with communities to identify individuals that would benefit most from having access to a phone to turn their lives around.
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