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    Giving Back to the Community

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

    Here you will find information about myself and Wildings’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives past and present.
    I am a solicitor director of Wildings Solicitors, King Street, Manchester and over the past decade, Wildings has been getting involved in fundraising to help a variety of charities, locally and globally. We feel strongly that raising money for charity is beneficial both for the charities to whom we are able to donate, and for the morale and well-being of our staff. It’s a desire to give something back and to show that we care for more than just our bottom line.

    We take part in weekly fundraising activities, raising small amounts which are collected and distributed at the end of the year to local charities and we have been involved in larger sponsored events such as the Great Manchester Run, The Three Peaks Challenge and organising our own fundraising days including car washes, collection boxes and bake stalls.
    e have strong links with the local community in North West Birmingham which have been built over the last 30 years and we wish to continue to develop these links. We also wish to establish similar links to the community in the City of Manchester and our initiatives reflect this.
    • In 2011 we supported Oxfam’s East Africa famine appeal and we encouraged suppliers to support our fundraising as well as match-funding employees fundraising.
    • In 2012 Wildings worked with McMillan Cancer Support to raise funds and completed a 10 kilometre race in Manchester.
    • In 2013 our staff worked with the charities Children in Deen and Orphans in Need.
    • In 2014 we tried to improve awareness within our organisation and worked with the Manchester charity Barnabas to help homeless individuals.

    In the future Wildings are hoping to launch a mobile facility to enable the firm to reach out into the community and provide free initial advice to local people on the issues that affect their daily lives.
    As an ethical and responsible business, from time to time we also undertake deserving pro bono work with the aim of making legal advice and representation accessible to the most vulnerable in society.
    I feel it is so important and worthwhile to give something back to the local community, and this year, I ran the Barcelona Marathon on 15 March 2015 to raise funds for a most deserving charity, Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester.

    Francis House Children's Hospice (Charity Registration No. 328659)

    Francis House cares for over 370 sick children, teenagers and young adults with a short life expectancy and providing support and friendship for the whole family. We need over £3.6 million in charitable donations each year to continue to provide our services.

    Back in 2011 I completed the arduous Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Britain’s three highest mountains in 24 hours raising £17000 for Oxfam's Sudan Appeal, however this year was my first attempt at a marathon.
    I started training around 3 months prior to the marathon, taking part in the Preston 10K run and the Great North West Half Marathon in preparation for Barcelona. I made it across the finish line in one piece with a respectable time and although gruelling, it was a fantastic experience.
    Through the generous donations of colleagues, clients and friends I raised £3365 through my Just Giving page.
    It just goes to show that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted and as the saying goes, no one has ever become poor from giving. It is committed people who can change the world!
    The next challenge

    In Wildings Solicitors continued support of Francis House Hospice, I am participating in a trek in October 2015 through the demanding terrain of the Atlas Mountains in North Africa.
    The 8 day trek sees around 25 Francis House supporters to follow Berber trails through the high Atlas Mountains where traditions have remained unchanged for centuries, sleeping in the great outdoors under large open traditional bivouac tents and concluding in the historic city of Marrakech in Morocco.
    Training began with the completion of the 14 mile Cheshire Three Peaks walk which takes in the famous Tegg’s nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.

    I hope to better our Barcelona Marathon total for this fundraising trek so if you want to find out more and donate to this most deserving of causes, please visit my Just Giving page.
    Keep visiting the blog for updates on preparations for the Morocco Trek!

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