Lawyers at Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Cheltenham swapped their suits for Christmas jumpers to help the firm to raise about £500 for Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday, after giving Cheltenham's foodbank boxes full of Christmas goodies.
The firm, along with its sister companies Medical Accident Group and Eagle HR, decided to focus its fundraising on the hospital rather than send donations to the national Save the Children appeal, because they wanted to help ensure that the hospital's outstanding work for local children can continue. The hospital is using the funds to create the UK's first rare diseases centre for children.
Emma Glazzard, who heads the group of staff in charge of the initiative, said: "The hospital looked after one of my brother's best friends brilliantly when he was suffering from cancer, and we thought the funds would have more impact there. We wanted to raise money to help them continue the brilliant work they do across the Midlands."
Cheltenham's foodbank has also benefited from staff generosity - large boxes of food and Christmas treats were delivered to the foodbank last week, as part of the firm's decision to support foodbanks near each of its offices for Christmas.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 400 staff and partners based at offices in Cheltenham, the Wye Valley and the Thames Valley, Worcester, Hereford and Birmingham, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.