Each autumn, the partners elect a nominated cause to be the firm’s charity of the year for the following year. The firm support this charity by joining in events, donating “oath fees,” promoting the charity on our website, newsletters, and emails and by ad hoc collections and donations.
This year we are supporting The Children’s Literacy Charity who provide support for disadvantaged children with a view to closing the literacy gap. They have specially trained literacy teachers who help children to develop and improve their fundamental literacy skills from reading, writing, comprehension as well as speaking and listening. As a result children become more confident believing that they can achieve great things. Last year, the charity helped over 500 children to close their literacy gap. 97% of the children they have supported raised their reading age by an average of two years, which was a brilliant achievement.
In 2018 the charity we supported was Centrepoint. Centrepoint is described as “the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity.” It provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16 to 25 including emergency night shelters, short and long stay hostels, specialist projects for care leavers, ex-offenders and young single parents. Centrepoint also helps and supports young people back into education, training or employment and with life skills.
In addition to our support for Centrepoint in 2018, we donated to the Kanu Heart Foundation by co-sponsoring the Petrolex Kanu Cup. This was a charity football match that brought together a host of former Premier League and African international players.
The charity was founded by former Premier League and Nigerian footballer Nwankwo Kanu, aka Kanu, and helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects. The match raised a total of over £50,000 for the Kanu Heart Foundation.
In previous years, we have supported various other charities including J’s Hospice, Stepping Up, World Vision and Norwood Ravenswood.