Community engagement is important to us all at Steeles Law, staff work hard to strengthen ties within the Norfolk community and regularly engage with local charities. As part of our 50th Anniversary, the Directors launched a CSR campaign to undertake at least 50 Acts of Kindness for our local community. Although some of the fundraising and volunteering events that were planned have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, charities that have been supported include:
• Macmillan Coffee Mornings
• The Benjamin Foundation Charity Sleep Out
• The Big C Biscuit Donation
• Mince Pie Drops in Norwich and Diss
• Hadrian’s Wall Challenge
• The Legal Walk
• The Neonatal unit at NNUH
• Scotty’s Little Soldiers
As we look forward to celebrating all we love about Norfolk and, with the chance to highlight the important work our Norfolk charities do across the region we spoke to staff members about the charities they have supported, their charity heroes, how it has impacted on their wellbeing and what they love about living in Norfolk.
‘I had completed the Community Sports Foundation Coastal Challenge three times before taking on the Hadrian’s Wall challenge last year. Supporting these challenges has had such a positive impact on my state of mind. The sense of achievement is incredible and has left me feeling much more able to look forward with a sense of purpose. This aside, I have made the most wonderful friends both working for the charity and taking part in the challenges – the comradery is truly unbeatable.
It has been an honour to help raise funds and be a part of what Emma Fletcher and her team at CSF have achieved in helping thousands of people every year to achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk.’
5 reasons I love Norfolk:
1. Swallowtail Butterflies
2. North Norfolk Coastal Path
3. Winbirri Vineyard’s Bacchus
4. Beautiful Beach Walks
5. The Broads Windmills
‘I have been a trustee at Nelson’s Journey for 3 years. Nelson’s Journey has a strong reputation within the local community, and having had friends and family who have had first-hand experience of the challenges that bereaved children face I was only too happy to get on-board to support Nelson’s Journey.
Nelson’s Journey supports over 1,000 Norfolk children on a average year. Covid-19 has had a devastating affect on many charities with funding gaps and many fundraising events having to be cancelled, using #NorfolkDay as a platform to highlight these local hero’s will go some way to remind people that these charities need our help now more than ever.’
Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “Thank you to Alistair and Steeles Law for raising awareness of Nelson’s Journey’s work with bereaved children in Norfolk. Alistair’s skills and expertise bring tremendous benefits to the charity’s governance, which is so important, particularly in challenging times such as these.
“Bereaved children and young people have faced particular challenges since the Covid-19 outbreak, with restrictions on funerals and cancelled memorial events as well as the loss of usual support networks such as schools, clubs and limited contact with family and friends. As a charity, we’ve had to work creatively, using different tools to support young people with the restrictions on place for our work – but in doing so we’re learning lots of other ways of working effectively so that we can continue to bring back smiles to Norfolk’s bereaved children.”
5 reasons I love Norfolk:
1. Big skies
2. The Norfolk Broads
3. Best beaches
4. Quieter than the big smoke
5. Great place for children
Suzanne Cuthbert: Scotty’s Little Soldiers
‘I was raised in the British Forces and have always found a way to support charities related to the services. One of my best friend’s cousins was killed in Afghanistan in 2009; he left behind a beautiful wife Nikki and 2 very young children. There was no support for them, so Nikki set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the journey started. They are based in Kings Lynn and were one of the charities Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donated to after their wedding.
They now have numerous holiday homes around the country that families can escape to in these tragic circumstances and they support over 500 children bringing them light, love and hope in the trauma of losing a parent in our British forces. The children are invited to parties, regularly contacted; receive gifts for their birthdays and a special gift on the anniversary of their parent’s death to remind them they are not alone.
Along with two of my best girlfriends I am completing a sponsored walk ‘Yayas Walk to New York’ to raise further funds for the charity. In September 2019, we went to New York we had planned to return this year but obviously world events has meant that is not possible, so we came up with the fundraising idea to ‘virtually walk’ there instead!.
We have set ourselves the target to walk the 3477 miles within the year. As we are all busy working mums, and with other day to day commitments it can be hard to squeeze in the 3.3 miles that is needed to stay on target each day. However, at the end of a busy day it is a chance to reflect and spend some much needed time away from the pressures of working life.
We started 1st July 2020 and I’ve just hit my 70th mile. To date we have raised £1,944.00.’
If you would like to support this fundraiser, please visit Suzanne’s fundraising page.
5 reasons I love Norfolk:
1. The beautiful coastline
2. Cromer crab
3. Copys Cloud Cheese made by the wonderful Mrs Temple
4. Black Shuck Gin
5. Blakeney Point to see the seals
During Norfolk Day we will be sharing our colleagues ‘5 reasons I love Norfolk’ from our company twitter account (@steeleslaw) please connect with us and join in the conversation using the hashtag #NorfolkDay and let us know about your Charity Heroes.
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