Hodge Jones & Allen has through nearly four decades actively supported local and national charities and initiatives. Our staff continue to run, cycle, bake, perform and much more to raise funds for important causes.
Last year our firm was ranked in the top 5% of JustGiving fundraisers.
Here are details of some of the fundraising activities we have been involved with so far in 2016:
Headway has thanked HJA after it chose to donate £13,237 of unclaimed money to the charity.
The firm, which has been on Headway’s Solicitor’s Directory for more than eight years, decided to allocate the funds to the charity having seen the great work it does to support brain injury survivors.
Unclaimed client account balances are sums of money which lie dormant in the client account of many firms of solicitors, often untouched for years.
It may be that the rightful owner cannot be traced, or perhaps they will not provide instructions on how the funds should be dealt with.
Patrick Allen, Senior Partner, said: “Supporting Headway is something my firm has committed to for over 20 years, and donating monies unclaimed by our clients is one way in which we provide funds for their frontline services.
“At the end of each year, after liaising with the Solicitors Regulation Authority who oversee the process, we send unclaimed monies through to Headway, who hold the necessary indemnity cover. It is important to Hodge Jones & Allen to continue to play its part in supporting those affected by brain injury.”
Rachel Broughton, Fundraising Manager at Headway, said: “We are very grateful to Hodge Jones & Allen for choosing Headway for unclaimed funds. The money will help us provide support to those affected by the often devastating consequences of brain injury.”
The Personal Injury Department’s charity night went ahead on 9th June and proved to be a great success. This year we were raising money for the Child Brain Injury Trust. It is the only charity to provide long term practical support for the whole family following childhood acquired brain injury. It is estimated that for every child with a brain injury, an additional 9 individuals will need support.
The event was sponsored once again by 42 Bedford Row. The evening kicked off at 6pm with a champagne reception followed by the quiz, an auction and then a raffle. The auction prizes included flights to New York for two, Bestival tickets, jewellery, a Thames dinner cruise for two, food hampers, a bungee jump experience and countless bottles of champagne.
To help raise money for Mesothelioma UK we joined in their first “Muffins for Meso in May”. We declared 20 May our Meso Muffin Day and armed with a whole range of differing baking ideas set about producing a display table groaning under the weight of muffins.
Mesothelioma UK is a charity that supports people who suffer cancer as a consequence of being exposed to asbestos. It is a national resource centre which provides specialist mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment. They rely totally on donations for financial support. They have put in place Mesothelioma Specialist Nurses into clinical posts in the UK and currently support 12 across the country. The first ever London Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist is currently being appointed.
Mesothelioma kills over 2,500 people a year in the UK (more than on the roads) and the numbers are still increasing each year. In total the bake sale raised £100.50.
Back in May, a team of 3 HJA staff took part in the 12th London Legal Walk. The walk is a 10km “after work” walk around central London, to raise funds for legal advice centres in and around London that help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the region.
In February, we hosted a production of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ over two nights, to raise funds for children’s charity Millie Mittoo. The cast consisted almost entirely of Hodge Jones and Allen staff and was directed by our very own Nina Ali.
The play raised more than £2000 over two nights and received rave reviews. We look forward to the next production.