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In the Community
Clifton Ingram is committed to helping both national charities and the local communities it serves. Below is a selection of the fundraising initiatives we have been involved in as a firm to help raise money for charity and good causes.
Blue Hair Day
Clifton Ingram supported the Harrison’s Fund on their annual Blue Hair Day in June 2015. The Harrison’s Fund is a Surrey based charity helping to fund research into a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children around the world. Clifton Ingram’s staff and Partners wore blue wigs/head gear to help raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and donated money for the privilege, raising over £200 in total for the charity.
Will Aid is an annual charity fundraising initiative, held each November, during which Clifton Ingram’s Wills Department draw up basic Wills for new clients participating in the scheme for no charge, asking inreturn that the Will-maker made a donation to the Will Aid charities. Clifton Ingram has written over a 1,000 Wills for people locally at no charge. In total, the firm has raised over £72,000 for the Will Aid charities. In Will Aid’s 25th anniversary campaign, Clifton Ingram was ranked one top three donating firms nationally. Peter Hawksworth, Regional Legacy Officer of Age UK said, “I am greatly impressed by the energy and resources that Clifton Ingram Solicitors puts into supporting Will Aid. Thank you again for all that you do!”
Christmas Shoe Boxes
The wise men and women at Clifton Ingram LLP help spread a little Christmas cheer each year by making gift boxes that will be distributed to underprivileged children all around the world. The partners and staff use the money they would have spent on Christmas cards to buy lots of gifts, toys and sweets and put them in personalised shoe boxes to be distributed to disadvantaged children in villages, schools, orphanages and refugee centres.
Sleeping On the Streets For the Homeless
A team from Clifton Ingram Solicitors raised over £1500 by taking part in The Big Sleep Out, in aid of local charity Launchpad which helps vulnerable and homeless people in the Thames Valley. The team all ‘slept rough’ in cardboard boxes on a chilly, soggy night in Reading. Chairman Jonathan Davis, said “We volunteered to give up our beds for a night, not to find out what it is like to be homeless, although we got a tiny glimpse, but to raise funds for and awareness of the vulnerable people in our area and help them get their lives back on track. We’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us!”
Reading’s First Legal Walk
Clifton Ingram were the first solicitors to sign up for the inaugural Reading Legal Walk in 2014 where over 150 walkers from local law firms took part in a sponsored ‘after work’ 10km walk to raise £6000 for local legal advice charities including Reading Citizens Advice Bureau, Reading Commincare and FLAG DV.
Music Recital at Wokingham Town Hall in aid of Local Charities
Clifton Ingram organised a music recital at Wokingham Town Hall in aid of two local charities; the Wokingham Citizens Advice Bureau and Berkshire Search & Rescue Dogs. The recital was performed by a-muse, a six piece all female group from Trinity College of Music, London who are being trained as classical singers at the London Conservatoire. Over 100 people attended the event, with late comers having to be turned away. The audience was asked to give charitable donations and over £350 was raised. John Ferguson, Chief Executive of Wokingham Citizens Advice Bureau said “Fantastic! We are very grateful for all the on-going help and assistance given by Clifton Ingram, and for the opportunity to take part in and benefit from this wonderful music recital. I think everyone there really enjoyed it, I know I did.”
Children in Need
Clifton Ingram partners and staff raise money each year for Children In Need, with some people definitely deserving of a gold medal. The most courageous team member recently Lewis Djemal who volunteered to have his legs waxed and raised over £500 for the charity.
Four of Clifton Ingram’s hirsuite heroes grew moustaches in support of Movember, a charity raising awareness and understanding of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression. The team raised over £1000 for the charity which made up for the constant ribbing by their collegues throughout the month.