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Why are you supporting City Giving Day?
City Giving Day provides a focus for celebrating our charitable and volunteering activities throughout the year, and, hopefully, for getting more colleagues involved in the year ahead! It's also always fantastic to hear how other companies are marking the day - there are so many brilliant ideas out there!.
Which charities or communities do you support?
Our two main London office charity partners this year are Mind and Richard House Children's Hospice - recent fundraising events include a raffle, a quiz night and a walking challenge. We also support a range of other charities with staff volunteering, pro bono legal advice and event hosting.
How will you celebrate City Giving Day?
We will be holding a mini CSR Fair, inviting in representatives from our charity friends to showcase our partnerships, and encourage more people to sign up! We'll also be celebrating colleagues who have "gone the extra mile" in their support of our community outreach work. And we already have a team signed up for the City Giving Day Golf Challenge!
Which charity are you supporting, why are you supporting it?
On 17 June, over 100 colleagues joined over 15,000 others for the London Legal Walk, an annual 10K event, organised by the London Legal Support Trust, to raise much-needed funds for legal aid charities and agencies across the UK.
“The London Legal Walk raises over £800,000 each year. While that doesn’t offset the loss of legal aid the funds raised by firms like Baker & McKenzie do ensure that thousands of vulnerable people receive help who would otherwise have been left to face serious problems on their own.”
Bob Nightingale MBE, Founder, London Legal Support Trust