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 & 2017:
Peter Todd, a partner in personal injury team took a part in a fantastic one day charity bike event, cycling 50 miles around Edinburgh. The route led alongside the coast, the most beautiful and iconic sights such as Holyrood Palace, Scottish Parliament Buildings, Edinburgh Castle, The Forth Bridges and the biggest elevation of the route, over Arthur’s seat.
Peter raised funds for Narcolepsy UK, a charity which provides support, relief and aid to those persons suffering from narcolepsy. Peter has raised over £3,000 including the gift aid.
Ed Veale, Arjun Jethwa, Jack Williams, Amirah Chowdhury and Karisma Ramsaran from the Social Housing team ran the Royal Windsor half marathon (13.1 miles) on 21st May 2017.
They chose to sponsor Cardboard Citizens, a charity that supports and combats those affected with homelessness and those who are threatened with it. They have raised £761.
On the evening of Monday 22nd May 2017 a group of 16 HJA staff took part in the annual London Legal Walk in aid of the London Legal Support Trust. The Trust helps to raise money to fund CABs, Law Centres and other free advice agencies in London and the South East. The need for these charities has grown over the past few years while resources for their work have diminished. That makes the funds raised by the London Legal Walk more important than ever.
The team managed to raise a fantastic total of £1,207.50.
On the 29th April Nina, Jason, Robert, April ran 5 miles and tackled 13 obstacles on the muddy Henley on Thames fields and took on the Tough Mudder.
April said: “It is safe to say that we were very muddy, cold and wet by this point but pumped at completing the course as a team (and with only minor cuts and bruises)!”
They have raised approximately £1,500. All proceeds were donated to Millie Mittoo Children’s Projects charity that provides support and education to disadvantaged girls in Pakistan.
HJA hosted a Black Lives Matter UK (BLM UK) event on 23 March 2017 at Draught Orders Bar in order to support Black Lives Matter UK, who are a coalition of activists who campaign to raise awareness of the issues affecting black communities in the UK.
We invited lawyers, activists and the wider community to attend the event. We raised over £700 for Black Lives Matter UK.
As well as films there was live poetry from Black Lives Matter UK activists and dinner cooked by a Black Lives Matter UK activist.
Raj Chada led a lively discussion amongst the audience and activists, which centred on the respective roles of lawyers and activists in the fight for justice and equality.
On Wednesday 22 March 2017, the Medical Negligence Department hosted its first charity fundraising event for Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).
The event comprised of a quiz, raffle and auction; and was hosted by the effervescent Katie Gollop QC. Over 100 guests attended. Great fun was had by all and the event generated £7,413.
Following amazing success of The importance of Being Earnest, HJA staff and friends performed again.
2-shows-only pantomime was fully sold out again!
HJA held its popular annual festive quiz in aid of INQUEST on Thursday 1st December. The event was well attended and generously sponsored by Matrix Chambers, Doughty Chambers and Garden Court Chambers.
The total amount raised was over £7,600.
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.
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