Future generations of guide dog puppies are amongst the first who will benefit from a new charitable foundation set-up by local law firm Lodders.
Launched this month, the firm has created its Lodders Charitable Foundation with the aim of supporting regional charities where it can make a real difference.
The Shakespeare's Pups Appeal is one of three local charities chosen by the Foundation as beneficiaries of its fundraising over the next 12 months.
The Foundation will also raise funds for the Farming Community Network (FCN) and The Time Out Group.
The Shakespeare's Pups appeal supports the national charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind. The Stratford-based organisation aims to help fund the training and progression of guide dog puppies for the blind, each of which is named after a Shakespeare character.
FCN has its local regional office in Warwickshire and has strong and longstanding links with the farming community and agriculture throughout England and Wales. Its volunteers are all farmers, who provide practical and pastoral support to people in the farming industry, work which is complimented by Lodders' involvement in the agricultural sector.
From its Stratford upon Avon base, the Time Out Group specialises in providing support for young people with complex disabilities, challenging behaviour and communication needs, and their families.
Lodders has formed the Charitable Foundation under the expert guidance of the firm's charity law expert Mark Lewis, a partner in the Business Group. He explains: "The Foundation aims to support regional charities where a real difference can be made, something which reflects Lodders' ongoing commitment to the community."
"We are delighted to be backing these three charities through a year-long calendar of fundraising events across the firm."
The trustees of the foundation are all members of Lodders' Stratford-based team: senior partner Martin Green, David Lodder, Angela Howard, Angela Craig, Lindsey Ebdon and Ravinder Heer.
Celebrating its 230th anniversary this year, Lodders has 25 partners, a portfolio of sector and market specific legal teams, over 130 fee earners and support staff across its office network, and has recorded year-on-year growth in recent years.
It is an established and thriving law firm based in Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Henley in Arden, and is recognised as a leading private client law firm, offering specialist advice to both private individuals and privately owned businesses, including its highly regarded work in the agricultural and real estate sectors. For more information, visit: www.lodders.co.uk