Firm’s food and fun raises thousands for flood appeal | 24 September 10

STAFF at a law firm have been doing their bit to help the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.

Rukhsanah Haroon and Doug IrvineWorkers at Ward Hadaway on Newcastle’s Quayside raised over £2,000 in one day for UNICEF’s Pakistan Flood Appeal from a variety of fundraising activities, including the sale of home-made cakes and samosas, a raffle and a dress-down day.

The efforts were co-ordinated by property associates Rukhsanah Haroon and Doug Irvine (pictured left) and raised a total of £2,081.

Rukhsanah, who made much of the fund-raising food herself, said: “It is fantastic to have raised such a large amount and is a testament to the generosity of people at the firm – and to their appetites!

“Everyone at Ward Hadaway played their part in helping to raise the money and particular thanks go to our plot sales team who did great work selling all the food which people had made.

“It is great to know that all the money raised is going to a very worthy cause.”

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “This has been a first-class effort by everyone involved and is typical of the generosity of our staff who raise funds for a whole range of different causes every year.”

Doug Irvine also raised over £500 for the Pakistan Flood Appeal from running the Great North Run, which he finished in 1 hour 39 minutes.

The floods in Pakistan are the worst the country has seen in over 80 years and have affected an estimated 20 million people, including nine million children.

International efforts are focused on raising $460m (£299m) for the immediate needs of those hit by the floods.