May has been an especially busy month and our exceptional people have generously committed to some brilliant causes. Here is a rundown of the main events we committed to:
Painting @ Hope House Children’s Hospice
Hope House is one of our current corporate charities. This amazing charity offer a range of services including respite, end-of-life care and support such as counselling and advocacy. Bereavement support is offered to all children, young people and family members for as long as is needed.
Their Hospice in Oswestry has a lovely Summerhouse that needed a bit of TLC. Our Charities and Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Teams voluntarily donned their overalls and used their decorating skills to transform the charity’s summer house.
Our avid decorators were: Adam Davies, Stuart Rea, Sam Roberts, Carina Kervin, Graham Fuller, Megan Price and Suzanne Preston.
Stuart Rea seemed to enjoy the day “It made a nice change to our usual work and it was great to see day-to-day life in operation at the hospice so we know what our fundraising is supporting.”
Hats 4 Headway
Headway is an organisation that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.
FBCMB are panel solicitors for Headway, with Sue and her team currently working closely with Headway Black Country and Neelem Heera acting as a Trustee for Headway Birmingham. , Headway’s annual #Hats4Headway asks members to support the charity by wearing a hat – as silly & outrageous as can be – in support of creating awareness for those who have suffered serious brain injuries.
This year, Hats4Headway took place during “Action for Brain Injury” week. Our Serious Injury Team geared up in support once again: There were some outrageous hats:
Midland Legal Support Trust Walk
The Birmingham legal walk sees hundreds of West Midlands based solicitors and barristers take part in an annual 10km trek around Birmingham. The walk is organised as the need for free legal advice centre's has grown in the past few years. The recession has increased poverty and reduced support services. Meanwhile funding for the advice centre's themselves has reduced.
FBCMB has taken part many times and this year was no different. Arriving at No5 Chambers in Birmingham, 12 members of staff geared up in support of the charity. The aim was to finish the route within 1hour 30mins.
Neil Lloyd and Jonathan Moss from the very start sprinted off, running the whole route in just under 1 hour. Well done.
The rest of the team decided it would be better to take in the sights of Birmingham, along its canals from the city centre to the Edgbaston Reservoir and back to the Mailbox. Thankfully it was a warm, sunny evening and with a brisk pace, they completed the walk in 1hour 45 minutes with a complimentary refreshing drink at the Gas Street Social, Mailbox.
Our walkers were: Sam Roberts, Hannah Smith, Ravi Basra, Sophie-Anne Bridges, Charlotte Clode, Raj Mangat, Neil Lloyd, Jon Moss, Katie Meads.
Dementia Action Week – Grand Theatre & Crafts
21 – 27 May we participated in Dementia Action Week 2018, a campaign organised by our other corporate charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. Michelle Monnes Thomas, Associate in our Wills Probate & Lifetime Planning came up with some fantastic ways in which FBCMB could help with raising the awareness of dementia locally. This included Michelle herself leading the biggest dementia friends’ session ever at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The session, held on 22 May, saw over 120 people including professionals in health care, members of the public and members of staff from the firm.
Michelle said: "It was so inspiring to see so many members of the public from all different backgrounds and walks of life come together to learn more about dementia and interact with each other and share their experiences.
"It was a pleasure to deliver the session and to share my passion for dementia and to create 120 Dementia Friends who I hope will wear their badges with pride."
Following on from this, on the 24th May, Michelle continued to spread awareness internally by hosting an arts and crafts session. Here staff could get reach their inner creative selves with quilt making, painting and cookie decorating (thankfully the cookies were still around to be decorated). Thank you everyone for getting involved! Take a look: