International law firm Eversheds recently played host to Acorns Children’s Hospice at its Colmore Row offices to hand over a cheque for the total raised from their summer fundraising activity.
Representatives from the local charity were presented with £20,000 by Sue Lewis, David Beswick and Terry Pettigrew of Eversheds, alongside Ian Lee of Officeteam and Brian Coughlan of Ricoh who helped support the firm’s fundraising by sponsoring a human table football knockout competition held in Victoria Square, Birmingham in June.
The competition raised over £11,000 for the local children’s hospice, which was topped up by Eversheds to total £20,000.
Sue Lewis, senior office partner of Eversheds, said: “Acorns is a great cause and we had committed to raise £12,500. When we added up the money raised from the competition, we decided to not just make up the difference to reach our original target but to actually increase it so we could hand over £20,000.”
Joanne Danaher, community fundraiser for Birmingham and Warwickshire, added: “We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our supporters and Eversheds’ decision to top up the money raised is a great example.
“It costs £4,500 per day to run each of Acorns’ three children’s hospices.
“This donation will make a huge difference in enabling us to provide care and support for local life limited and life threatened children and their families,” she added.
Acorns currently cares for nearly 600 life limited and life threatened children and 800 families, including those that are bereaved, across the heart of England.
There is no charge to families for the services and the charity relies on donations for the majority of its income.