Northeast law firm celebrates 75th anniversary with four-figure donation to charity

Staff at a Northeastern law firm marked the practice’s 75th anniversary by raising funds for a regional suicide prevention charity.

‘Expert lawyers’ Hay & Kilner, who are located in Newcastle’s Linen Market district, raised £ 7,689.35 for the If U Care Share foundation – a charity initially adopted by the company in 2020.

The relationship has been extended between the two for another year, following overwhelming demand throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, including a 275% increase in calls received during the initial lockdown in March of the year. last.

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Hay & Kilner has carried out various individual and team activities to raise funds for the charity, including raffles, quizzes and raffles at major sporting events.

Legal Secretary Elaine White even led a team of family and friends around the Great North Run course to raise funds.

Fourteen team members also competed in a tough Everest challenge, which saw each of them cover the equivalent distance from the Himalayan foothills to the world-famous Everest base camp, which is 40 miles. or 64 km.

Twelve others also completed a separate “75 miles for 75” event – marking the law firm‘s coveted anniversary.

And the money will in turn cover the cost of providing various services provided by If U Care Share to those in need.

The If U Care Share foundation works to educate young people and families about mental wellness, as well as support those affected by suicide across the region.

Shirley Smith who lost her son Daniel in 2005 when he unexpectedly committed suicide.

Originally established by Shirley Smith and her husband Dean following the death of their 19-year-old son Daniel, the Chester-le-Street-based organization focuses on suicide prevention and intervention, as well as support for people bereaved by suicide.

Their helpline currently receives approximately 21,000 calls each year and has a team of 30 strong staff and 15 other volunteers providing exceptional and selfless service.

Services are provided free of charge at the point of contact, and the charity has been reported to depend on raising £ 600,000 each year to cover its running costs.

Matthew Smith, COO of the If U Care Share Foundation, said: “Even before the pandemic, we are asking for our help and

“Support was steadily increasing, but we saw a huge spike in the spring of last year and have been consistently busy ever since.

“We brought more people on board to help provide our services and tried to adapt what we offer based on the regulations in place at different times of the pandemic.

Matthew Smith of the If U Care Share Foundation.
Matthew Smith of the If U Care Share Foundation.

“Each person or family we work with who has been affected by suicide needs their own program of assistance, which can include practical, financial or emotional support, and the work we do aims to address all of these. widely varying needs wherever possible. can.”

Matthew also praised the fantastic contribution of Hay & Kilner.

He continued, “We are very dependent on securing funding from outside sources to help us meet our running costs, and we are very grateful for the generous contribution the Hay & Kilner team have made to our. cause.

“Their advocacy on our behalf also helps us build new relationships within the region’s professional community that would otherwise have been out of reach for us. “

Hay & Kilner Managing Partner Jonathan Waters also added: “The work done by the Foundation team has never been more important than it has been over the past two years and c it is an honor for us to be able to support what they are. To do.

“Our entire team has come together to raise as much money as possible and being able to give the Foundation such a tremendous amount is a great way to mark the end of our 75th anniversary. “

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