In 2017, they chose to support Brentwood charity SNAP, who work tirelessly in the community to help 0-25 year olds with special needs and their parents in a variety of ways, providing a respite lifeline for many of these families.
The firm’s fundraising plans for the year were a mixture of internal events, running challenges and slightly more out of the box activities. Monthly dress down days raised £600, and this figure was matched by their client satisfaction questionnaires, which sees the firm donate £1 for every completed form returned from their clients.
‘Pinney Pacers’ Alex Pearce, Stephen Eccles, Lexie Jacobs, Keeley Miller and Suzanne Figgins took on the challenge of various running events throughout the year, including the Brighton Marathon raising a further £1,100.
October saw their most challenging task, when solicitors Sue Nash, Catherine Loadman and Lucy Birch undertook a 24-hour Danceathon, which was also streamed live on Facebook. The local community and corporate friends rallied around them and their endeavours raised a massive £5,000.
Christmas is always a charitable time of year and their annual ‘Christmas at the Queens’ event raised over £2,700, with 50% going to SNAP (the remaining 50% is donated to Queens Theatre Hornchurch).
In addition to these major events throughout the year, the firm has held bake sales, sweepstakes, holiday raffles and quiz nights.
Twelve months and a total of £11,226.02 later, chair of the charity committee Catherine Loadman and some of her team were delighted to present a cheque to SNAP on behalf of the firm to help the charity continue their fantastic work.
Jos Hollington, SNAP’s Statutory & Trusts Fundraiser said “We were delighted to be chosen as your 2017/18 charity of the year and the incredible amount that you raised for us reflects the passion and collegiate spirit of all your staff to get behind each other to support us.” He continued “Your donation will help us make a real difference to the families we help and we are immensely grateful.”
Throughout the year more than 900 children and young people use the SNAP Centre to take part in therapies, play sessions and clubs and over 1,400 parents and carers receive hands-on help at the centre. In total, over 2,200 families across Essex benefit from the information and advice services, delivered by the team of friendly staff and 100 dedicated volunteers.
If you would like to find out more about SNAP and the work they do, visit www.snapcharity.org
Catherine Loadman said “We are very sad to say goodbye to SNAP as our charity of the year but many team members will no doubt be staying involved with the charity in a personal capacity - I know I will.”
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