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As part of Downs Solicitors’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, each year they nominate a Charity of the Year and during 2016 they were proud to partner with Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The Royal Marsden Hospital is a world-leading cancer centre who pioneer new treatments that save lives. They use their research to provide the very best in diagnosis, treatment and patient care, treating around 50,000 people every year.
The revolutionary way they treat people in their hospitals has a far-reaching impact, both nationally and internationally.
Chris Millar said “Our original fundraising target for the Royal Marsden was £5,000 but we exceeded this figure by raising an incredible £11,868.15 for the charity. This figure will increase to over £12K as we still have one cow to auction from Cow Parade Surrey. This is testament to our employees’ commitment and enthusiasm to raise funds for such a worthwhile charity. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve this target.”
The money was raised through a combination of challenging and imaginative events, including; participation in Cow Parade Surrey, a 30 mile walk along the South Downs Way, participation in the Great South Run, an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, a Rugby Match and Family Fun Day which Downs co-hosted with Dorking Rugby Club, coffee mornings, cake sales, dress down days and donations for providing one-off legal advice.
Joanne Bell, Community Fundraising Events Manager for the Royal Marsden said “We are absolutely delighted with the amazing sum raised by all the staff at Downs Solicitors and would like to thank each of them for all their hard work over the last year. It is truly thanks to the support of companies like Downs Solicitors that The Royal Marsden can continue to provide the very latest cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for our patients.”
During 2017, Downs staff have voted to support St Catherine’s Hospice and the Dorking & District Talking Newspaper.
The target for 2017 is £7,000 which will be achieved through a range of events, including a cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats, a sponsored walk, dragon boat racing, coffee mornings and cake sales, a quiz night, a netball tournament and a race night.
Left to right, Pam Bowring, Downs Solicitors, Joanne Bell, Royal Marsden, Chris Millar and Laura Marchington, Downs Solicitors and Ermintrude