Firm’s young stars rise to charity challenge | 12 April 11

YOUNG people in the North East have over 10,000 reasons to thank young solicitors at one of the region’s leading law firms.

Ward Hadaway fund raisers for the Prince's Trust

Fantastic figure – young lawyers from Ward Hadaway spell out their fund-raising feat for the Prince’s Trust

First year trainee solicitors and newly qualified lawyers at law firm Ward Hadaway have raised over £10,000 for the Prince’s Trust in the North East.

The 15-strong team from Ward Hadaway raised a total of £10,731.39 for the charity with a year-long series of fund-raising events.

Money was raised from a wide variety of sources with the team using their business skills to aid the charity, which provides help, support and encouragement for young people not in work, education or training.

One of the key cash drivers for the team was the production and sale of special watches designed for keep-fit enthusiasts and sold complete with a range of money-saving vouchers.

Members of the team also took part in events including a Bag Packing Day, a sports auction and raffle and the Great North Run as well as raising money from their colleagues at Ward Hadaway via firm-wide dress-down days and cake sales.

The year-long fund-raising drive ensured the team not only reached but surpassed the £10,000 target set by the Prince’s Trust as part of its Million Makers programme.

Employment solicitor Katie Armstrong, one of the Ward Hadaway Million Makers team, said: “It was hard work getting to the £10,000 target, but it was very rewarding and we really gelled together as a team during the course of the year.

“Balancing our work commitments with the fund-raising was a key challenge, but the firm has been very supportive throughout and everyone feels a real sense of achievement at reaching the target successfully.

“Hopefully the money which we have raised will really make a difference to the lives of other young people in the North East.”

The young solicitors were encouraged to take up the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge as part of their training at Ward Hadaway.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a firm, we try to do what we can to help the local community and this is a great example.

“We wanted our young lawyers and trainees to take on this challenge as part of their training contracts to demonstrate the importance of commitment to the community and the organisation, initiative and teamwork they have shown to successfully complete this challenge bodes very well for their futures.”

Chris Gray Head of Private Sector Fundraising at the Prince’s Trust, said: “This team have worked tirelessly to surpass their original target and have made a major contribution to the final total of almost £50,000.

“The funds are vital in sustaining the support the Trust provides for over 3,000 disadvantaged young people each year here in the North East.

“We are delighted to work in partnership with Ward Hadaway.”