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Wilkes CSR Team Raise Funds with Food Fest

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors - CSR, Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Solihull, Birmingham, Solicitors, Law Firm

The Wilkes CSR Team in conjunction with Lloyds Bank have raised in excess of £1000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity with their latest fundraising event.

Local businesses Chung Ying Central, Yakinori and Zen Metro, alongside members of staff from Wilkes and Lloyds provided a fantastic selection of food from all around the world for staff and guests to indulge in.

The International Food Market was hosted at our Church Street office with deliveries also being made to our Solihull branch and Carvers offices in Hodgehill.

Partner & Head of CSR at Wilkes Tim Coplestone said “This year we asked Lloyds to join our annual food festival to help us with the final push towards our fundraising target and also to help us to promote the fantastic work that BCH on a local, national and international level. We were also delighted that Chung Ying, Yakinori and Zen Metro offered their support to help us make this event more of a success”.

In the run up to Christmas the Wilkes CSR Team will be busy with various initiatives such as, raffling off a days holiday to staff, Christmas jumper day and various fundraising events at the firms Christmas party.

For more information about our CSR Team and how you can get involved please contact Tim Coplestone on tcoplestone@wilkes.co.uk

Wilkes unite with Local Organisations to Raise funds for BCH

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors, Birmingham, Solihull, CSR, Birmingham Children's Hospital

The CSR team at Wilkes have brought together a selection of local organisations to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity during the festive season. The team worked in partnership with the Finnish Embassy to arrange for the real Finnish Santa Claus to visit the hospital to hand over the donation, alongside gifts for staff and patients.

Together, volunteers from The Wilkes Partnership and fundraising activities from Fiskars, tailors Clements & Church and the Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Charity have raised more than £1,300.

Tim Coplestone, Partner and head of CSR at The Wilkes Partnership, comments: “As The Wilkes Partnership’s chosen charity, we wanted to end 2016 with something that shows Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity just how much it means to us, especially at a time of year when many families with sick children aren’t able to have a proper Christmas at home. Using our close links with the Finnish Embassy in Birmingham, we arranged for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be top of Father Christmas’ list as part of his one-day visit to Birmingham from his home town of Rovaniemi, Lapland – and also coordinated other local organisations that were keen to give something back to the hospital.”

As well as visiting the children’s hospital, Santa’s day in Birmingham included visits to Birmingham’s Christmas markets, a children’s party at the Council House hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and a selection of local businesses.

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, adds: “The visit from the real Father Christmas gave our fundraising team a real boost during what is always a busy time for us. Charitable donations are key to making sure that the hospital continues to be a centre of excellence, and help to make a real difference to the lives of its patients and families.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. The award-winning, world-renowned hospital has a 3,700-strong team with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services, including the treatment of the most complex heart conditions, chronic liver and kidney disease, cancer, serious burns, epilepsy, neurology and cystic fibrosis. It’s also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, go to www.bch.org.uk

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus, Birmingham, The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors, Solihull

Birmingham residents can get into the spirit of Christmas early and meet the real Finnish Santa Claus on Friday 2 December. Organised by the Finnish embassy in conjunction with Wilkes, Father Christmas is making the trip from his home in Rovaniemi, Lapland to visit Birmingham for one day only.

Members of the public are invited to come along to Birmingham’s Christmas Markets between 3pm and 5pm on Friday to meet Santa, take a picture with him and receive a hand-written Christmas card from the man himself.

Our elves will also be raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital throughout the day, so please dig deep and help us support this fantastic local charity.

In addition to visiting the Christmas market, Santa’s day in Birmingham will also include visits to the Children’s Hospital as well as a children’s party at the Council House hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and a selection of local businesses.

All enquiries to rreid@wilkes.co.uk

“Ditch Secret Santa!” for refuge children with KidsOut

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Once again The Wilkes Partnership is ditching “Secret Santa” this Christmas to buy Christmas presents for children affected by domestic violence in refuges in the region – and is urging its business clients to do the same.

The firm has teamed up with the charity KidsOut, who focus on giving vulnerable children fun and happiness through positive experiences.

Tim Coplestone, Head of CSR at the firm explains how it works:It’s a very simple idea, KidsOut send us a pack of present requests on Christmas gift tags and our staff then take the tags and purchase the presents. The firm delivers them to a central collection point in Birmingham and KidsOut gets them to the kids. Easy!”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Most of the children at crisis centres leave home with only the clothes on their back. They’re in there with nothing, at a time of year when more fortunate children are inundated with gifts from relatives and friends. Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas, especially during a time of crisis. The Giving Tree Scheme is central to us being able to deliver on this goal”

Rick Smyth, corporate partner at the firm and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands saidWe have run the Giving Tree scheme at Wilkes for the last three years, and it has proved immensely popular with staff and clients alike. In 2014 KidsOut managed 4,000 toys nationally. Due to the tremendous support of companies across the country – many of whom are Wilkes clients – last year we increased that figure to over 25,000. This year we hope to do even better”.

Gordon Moulds, added: “We are delighted The Wilkes Partnership has decided once again to support us, and are again encouraging their clients to get involved too.”

Running through November and December, the 2016 KidsOut Giving Tree appeal is now open for registration. Businesses, teams, organisations and individuals can take part by visiting kidsoutgivingtree.org.uk or contacting the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly.

 

Wilkes gets behind Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

Birmingham and Solihull law firm The Wilkes Partnership is lending support to Birmingham Children’s Hospital
We are delighted to announce that we will be lending support to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, after selecting the hospital as our chosen charity for the next 12 months.

We will undertake a packed fundraising programme of events to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, which will see staff participating in regular activities in support of the hospital. The events will kick off with a ‘Bandage Day’ in August, which will see staff raise sponsorship money by bandaging themselves up during a working day as part of the hospital’s The Big Bandage campaign.

Tim Coplestone, partner and head of CSR at The Wilkes Partnership, comments: “Birmingham Children’s Hospital has an excellent reputation not just in the UK, but around the world. However, charitable donations are key to making sure that the hospital continues to be a centre of excellence, and volunteers’ time helps to make a real difference to the lives of their patients and families. At The Wilkes Partnership we’ve got an enthusiastic staff, who’ve got some great fundraising ideas and are up for the challenge of raising both money and awareness in support of the hospital, as well as sharing their time to help make a positive patient experience.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. The award-winning, world-renowned hospital has a 3,700-strong team with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services, including the treatment of the most complex heart conditions, chronic liver and kidney disease, cancer, serious burns, epilepsy, neurology and cystic fibrosis. It’s also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, go to www.bch.org.uk.

Race for Life 2016

The Wilkes Partnership Birmingham - Lawyers, Race for Life

Once again this year ladies from Wilkes took part in the 5K Race for life run at Cannon Hill Park on Wednesday 25/5/16.
So far they have raised a staggering £1030, £30 over their initial target!
100% of all donations received will be used to fund research into all types of cancer.

Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Their aim is to create more tomorrows for more people which is why together we are determined to beat cancer sooner.
Every little helps so be sure to get any last minute donations in via our just giving page which you can find here.

Wilkes cooks up a feast for Pudsey Bear

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Staff at local law firm The Wilkes Partnership have cooked up a storm for BBC Children in Need 2015, turning their hand to producing lunch for their colleagues and raising £1000.00 for charity.

Wilkes’ real estate team hosted the charity event for the 7th year running at their offices in Church Street, Birmingham, with their colleagues getting the opportunity to sample homemade cuisine from different cultures, including samosas, lamb kebab, lasagne and a selection of cakes, in return for a donation. The firm also ran a raffle and a ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ competition to help raise funds.

Tim Coplestone, partner at The Wilkes Partnership, said: “BBC Children in Need is a great cause to raise money for, so we always try to do something as a firm that allows staff to have some fun while donating to charity. This year was one of our most successful years yet!”

Roxanna braves an 80ft abseil in support of Tiny Babies

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On a sunny day on Saturday 27th June, Roxanna Elahi was part of a group organised by the Birmingham Law Society who abseiled 80 feet to help raise money for the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Roxanna and the others who took part smashed their £13,987.80 target and have raised over £22,000 so far to help for the purchase of Panda Resuscitaires.

The Panda Resuscitaires are vital life-saving equipment for the Neonatal Unit, they are mobile units for babies who need breathing support when they are being transferred from the delivery suite to the Neonatal Unit. This equipment is specially designed to help keep babies warm and monitored whilst they are on the move in the hospital.

‘Tiny Babies, Big Appeal’ raises funds through its various fund raising events to provide care for sick and premature babies, and support for their families across the West Midlands. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital is the largest unit in the region caring for over 1,500 admissions every year.

A message from Birmingham Law Society –On behalf of Birmingham Law Society and The Tiny Babies, Big Appeal, a big thank you to Roxanna for not only successfully taking part in the abseil challenge and raising money for the charity, but also for all her help at the event. Roxanna donned the safety helmet and the walkie talkie and helped abseilers as they descended to the ground.

I would also like to extend a thank you to all those at the Wilkes Partnership who supported the charity through their donations.”

Wilkes lawyer tangos to the top for charity

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A Wilkes solicitor has scooped the glitterball trophy, after facing off other lawyers from around the region to win the 2015 Strictly 9 to 5 charity dance competition.

Organised by No5 Chambers, the competition saw participants undertake weeks of training with professional dancers, with them dancing in a grand final event in front of 450 guests that was hosted and judged by some famous faces from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Charlotte Doyle, assistant solicitor at Wilkes, and her professional partner Paul Cammack, were crowned winners after impressing judges with their Argentine Tango.

The star studded event sponsored by Advanced Legal, AML Tax, Birmingham Airport and Connect PR took place at Villa Park’s Holte Suite and was hosted by Strictly favourite Anton Du Beke. The event raised more than £23,000 for the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Charlotte, assistant solicitor at The Wilkes Partnership, commented: “The whole Strictly 9 to 5 experience has been amazing, from the training, to the Strictly dresses, and the night itself. I loved performing our routine and am very grateful to have taken part in the event, to help raise money for such a worthy cause.”

The four judges, chaired by former Strictly winner Camilla Dallerup, awarded the pair 39 points for their stunning performance.

Lisa Turan, CEO of the Child Brain Injury Trust said: “It was an amazing night, a brilliant concept that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

“We are incredibly grateful to No5 for their continued support of our charity that without any Government funding provides essential support to children and their families when brain injury strikes.”

Head of No5 Chambers Paul Bleasdale QC said: “We had an absolutely fantastic evening and are delighted to have raised so much money for the Child Brain Injury Trust.

“All of the dancers were superb, and we can’t thank them – or their partners – enough for committing so much time and effort into providing us with such an enjoyable time.”

The Child Brain Injury Trust is one of No5’s nominated charities of the year, and Head of the Clinical Negligence Group, Satinder Hunjan QC, recently became a patron alongside Dame Judi Dench. The charity was established by a group of health professionals in 1991 to research and provide information regarding the effects of ‘traumatic’ injury on a child’s developing brain. It is now the leading voluntary sector organisation in the UK providing emotional and practical support to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the whole of the UK.

To donate to the charity go to the No5 Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/strictly9to5/

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Wilkes Joins the Race to Beat Parkinson’s Disease

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A team of runners from The Wilkes Partnership will swap their PCs for PBs this Saturday, as they take on local fun run in aid of national charity Parkinson’s UK.

Wilkes is sending a team to “Bud’s Run”, a family-friendly 5K around the University of Birmingham’s main campus. The firm is also one of the event’s main corporate sponsors, which will be started by world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe.

“Bud’s Run” is the idea of Bud Baldaro, the former UKA Marathon Event Coach who’s been based at the University for over ten years. During his forty year career, Bud’s helped and encouraged hundreds of distance and middle-distance runners of all ages and standards. Bud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009, and is keen to use his love of running to help fund research into this long-term condition.

The Wilkes Partnership has close personal links with Bud – Director John Cooper is Bud’s nephew and solicitor Aaron Keene was coached by Bud and will be part of the firm’s team on the day.  Aaron said: “We’re keen to support Bud’s Run in any way that we can. Bud is a super guy, and he’s done so much for so many people over the years. So if you’re at a loose end on Saturday afternoon, come and join us as we help raise much-needed funds for Parkinson’s UK.”

As well as Paula, other famous guests include World Championships Silver Medallist Hannah England, who Bud coaches. University of Birmingham alumnus Hannah ran the 1500m for England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Top steeplechaser Luke Gunn will give a light-hearted commentary on events. Luke’s married to Hannah, and also ran for England in Glasgow.

Bud said: “Whatever kind of runner you are, please come and join us for a great family day out. The course is traffic-free and loops round the main campus. There will also be a junior sprint track, barbecue, jazz band, stalls, and 1k loop for Parkinson’s sufferers.”

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years, they’ve been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

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