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Last week a new charitable venture from Grindeys Solicitors was officially launched at an event that was hosted at the Sixth Form College on Leek Road. Grindeys clients and contacts gathered together to celebrate the launch of Grindeys Community Limited, a non-profit-making company formed by Grindeys specifically to coordinate their pro bono, charitable and fundraising activities.
Andrew Smith, Director at Grindeys Solicitors and champion of Grindeys Community says, “For many years Grindeys has actively supported the local community. Many needy and deserving charities and community groups have received pro-bono advice and amongst other things staff have climbed mountains, shaved hairy legs and sunk boats with the purpose of fundraising for local charities. There is a huge appetite at Grindeys to support the community and local charities but until now we have never structured our charitable efforts. Grindeys Community has been formed to focus and channel that raw and generous enthusiasm.”
There are two main objectives of Grindeys Community. The first is pro bono advice for local charity or community groups which run projects which are likely to have a potential lasting impact for the people of the local community or the local community infrastructure. The Staffordshire Community Foundation, Home Start and the Burslem Port Project are already benefitting from the free advice provided by Grindeys Community.
The second objective is fundraising and during 2012 the staff at Grindeys will focus their efforts on two very worth while cancer charities, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the Joe Gillian Trust. Andrew explains, “These charities were selected because cancer affects so many local people and as a firm, over the last few years we have personally experienced the massive impact this horrific disease has on everyday life.”
Fundraising activity will be varied and will include internal events such as dress down days and the ‘Great Grindeys Bake Off’, sponsored events including the 24 Peaks in 24 Hours and external events such as a Jazz Brunch and Pub Olympics. The aim is to raise over £10,000 for the chosen charities within 12 months.
The creation of the Grindeys Community official logo has also been a community focused project. Grindeys ran a competition with the graphic design students at Staffordshire University, Newcastle-under-Lyme College and South Cheshire College. There was an overwhelming response to the competition and the quality of entries was extremely high but there could only be one winner. Lewis Booth of Newcastle-under-Lyme College was presented with his £250 prize at the launch event last week. (The winning logo is pictured).
Andrew Smith concludes, “Grindeys Community is a worthwhile project which has the full support of all at Grindeys and so will be a fantastic success”
For more information about the pro bono advice and fundraising activity of Grindeys Community please visit http://www.grindeys.co.uk/about/grindeys-community