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Lyons Davidson raises £46,000 for charities in 2011

Following the firm-wide sponsorship of brain injury charity Headway in 2010, when a staggering £82,000 was raised, the staff at Lyons Davidson decided that the focus in 2011 should be very much upon regional fundraising. Each of our offices thus opted to support local charities, selected for their personal connection to employees or links to the firm through work-related contacts.

We are delighted to announce that we had a very successful year, raising more than £46,000 in total for various good causes across the country.

St Peter’s Hospice Bristol

The main Bristol offices chose to support St Peter’s Hospice in 2011, with a year of relentless fundraising. Regular events included cake sales (which saw hungry colleagues donate more than £500), monthly Dress Down Fridays, and Easter and Christmas raffles. The latter had some great prizes on offer, such as hotel breaks and days off work. One-off events included the opulent Sapphire Ball at the Royal Marriott Hotel. Many staff also took part in gruelling physical challenges, including the St Peter’s Hospice Abseil and the Brecon Beacons Yomp over 17 miles of Welsh countryside. The total raised was £25,779.

Martin House hospice

The Leeds office supported Martin House Children’s Hospice, which cares for children and young people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses at their purpose-built hospice in Boston Spa. The Charity Committee raised £9,478.86 in total, through a variety of regular events (such as tuck-shop trolleys and desk-top lotteries), along with large one-off occasions, including the summer Lyons Davidson Charity Ball at the Queens Hotel, which was a huge success, and the LD Spook Fest, a Halloween screening of a horror film. Staff also grew hair (moustaches for Movember) and removed it (in a sponsored leg-wax)!

Starlight foundation

The New Malden, Bexhill and Whitstable offices chose Starlight Children’s Foundation as their 2011 charity. Starlight takes seriously ill children’s minds off their pain, suffering and fear by making their wishes come true, and by providing entertainment to children’s wards in hospitals and hospices. Staff ran the Brighton Marathon, Royal Parks Half-Marathon and organised in-house events such as the charity bake off (won by Gaynor Duke and her Devil’s Chocolate Cake), raising more than £5,000 along the way.

Tay-Sachs disease: a personal tribute

The Plymouth office’s charity was a particularly touching choice, as it raised money for Ethan Hague, a little boy known by one of the staff and affected by Tay-Sachs disease. Initially, money raised helped to make Ethan’s life as comfortable as possible. Sadly, he passed away in July, and his parents asked that the rest of the year’s collections go to Children’s Hospice South West. Overall, the office raised £2,035 for these very worthwhile causes.

Cancer Research

Solihull and Birmingham opted to support Cancer Research UK, which fully relies on donations to carry out its work to find a cure for cancer. Food proved to be a particularly popular way of raising money in the Midlands, with onsite tuck shops, bake sales, American Independence Day and Indian food sales. There were also football lottos and monthly Dress Down Fridays, and several staff took part in the Race for Life, helping to contribute towards the offices’ total of £3,696.

Hospice of the Valleys

In Cardiff, staff voted to support the Hospice of the Valleys. This charity has been helping people affected by serious illness in South Wales since 1985 and offers cancer help clinics, a hospice-at-home service and bereavement services. Staff raised £902 through quiz nights, sponsored swims, dress down days and the ever-popular tuck shop. A special mention must go to Andrew Hole, husband of Lyons Davidson’s Caroline Blake, who twice braved the cold of an outdoor sponsored swim, first in the Thames and secondly in the sea off the coast of Swansea (in the wind and the hail)!

CHAS Scotland

Lyons Davidson Scotland in Edinburgh supported the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people. Its two hospices provide short breaks, emergency support, end-of-life-care and bereavement services for children affected by life-shortening illnesses and their families.

All in all it was a fantastic effort for the year. Everyone who got involved to whatever extent deserves congratulations. Our thanks go to all who contributed, from the tireless regional co-ordinators down to those – like me – who ate the cakes! I am sure that the chosen charities for 2012 will benefit from another year of enthusiasm and commitment from Lyons Davidson and its staff. Please check our website regularly over the coming weeks to read more in-depth accounts and see photographs of the offices’ efforts last year. There will also soon be an announcement about the chosen charities for the year ahead.

Posted on Jan 11th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson