Lawyers and staff from the Swindon and Marlborough offices of law firm Royds Withy King have raised £26,756 for their charity of choice, Prospect Hospice.
Representatives from Royds Withy King’s dedicated charities’ group and Prospect Hospice met up at the Wroughton-based hospice recently to celebrate the end of two years of support from the firm.
Fundraising activities included ‘Make a Will Month’ which saw solicitors waive their usual fees in exchange for a charitable donation, monthly dress down days, an auction of promises, raffles and a sponsored cycle ride to Paris.
Lucy Hughes, charities’ co-ordinator at Royds Withy King, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with and supporting Prospect Hospice over the last two years.
The work and dedication of all those at the hospice is humbling and they go out of their way to make sure that the needs and wishes of patients and their families are met.
Nothing is too much trouble. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at Prospect Hospice all the best for the future.”
Every two years, staff from Royds Withy King vote for local charities to benefit from their fundraising activities, volunteering and practical support. In 2015-17, the firm raised a total of £67,705.53 for three charities, including Prospect Hospice.
Genevieve Arney, events and community manager at Prospect Hospice, said: “Royds Withy King have been long standing supporters of the hospice, taking part in our Make a Will Month for several years and one of the firm’s private client solicitors, Mandy Casavant, is a Trustee.
Over the last two years, staff from Royds Withy King have organised a wide range of activities to raise money for the hospice and it’s amazing to see how it all adds up.
We’ve also been able to come along to events run by Royds Withy King to talk to clients and staff about the hospice and the services we provide in their local community, as it’s so important that we raise awareness of the care we provide and who can access it.”
While Prospect Hospice has not yet decided how the funds will be spent, they could be used to pay for 170 patients to be visited by a Clinical Nurse Specialist to assess the care they need and to develop an appropriate care plan for them.
Alternatively, the funds could be used to pay for 463 patients to attend the hospice’s day therapy unit where they can meet other patients, share their experiences and take part in a range of therapeutic activities, such as art or gardening.
Genevieve added: “With less than 30 percent of our funding coming from statutory sources such as the NHS, support from the local community and businesses like Royds Withy King are invaluable in helping us to support those that need our care and support.”