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Gateley donates to Marie Curie following 12 month charity drive

(l-r) Aleena Verma and Richard Tindall, trainee solicitors at Gateley, Rick Parfitt and Sue White from Marie Curie and trainee solicitors Victoria Jew and Dan Shaw

National law firm, Gateley has handed over a cheque for £15,000 to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Every year Gateley commits to fundraising on behalf of one national charity as chosen by the staff in the 800-strong firm. This is in addition to raising cash for a number of regionally nominated charities in each of its eight UK office locations. Marie Curie was selected as Gateley’s national charity for the 2011/12 financial year.

To raise funds for Marie Curie, Gateley employees have taken part in a host of activities throughout the year including a firm wide bag collection which helped raised around half of the final total. Staff across all offices were encouraged to bring in their old clothes, shoes, books and toys, with each bag being worth £20 to the charity.

Staff also paid to take part in monthly charity dress-down days and in March this year, Gateley volunteers gave up their weekends to undertake Marie Curie cash collections in town centres for the charity’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’. They also took part in their ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ events, helped pack shopping bags at local supermarkets and held a series of cake sales and raffles to raise funds for the cause throughout the year.

Ruth Armstrong is a partner in the Birmingham office of Gateley and heads up the firm’s CSR activity. Ruth said: “As a firm we have raised more than £70,000 this year for charitable causes and approaching £2 million in the last 10 years. I’m immensely proud of the enthusiasm our teams have shown towards all of our fundraising initiatives and we’ve had a great deal of fun raising money for Marie Curie this year. We’re delighted to donate this money to a charity that is very close to our hearts.”

Arun Sharma, corporate manager for Marie Curie added: “We are very grateful to Gateley for the support they have given Marie Curie through a wide variety of fundraising activities throughout the year. This fantastic donation is greatly appreciated and the amount raised is equivalent to 750 hours of Marie Curie nursing to terminally ill patients in their own home.”

Gateley staff have nominated the Make a Wish Foundation as their national charity for 2012/13, whilst the Birmingham team will be raising money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Appeal.

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