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Posted 01/09/2016

LAW FIRM LENDS A HELPING HAND TO WOMEN IN NEED

Lawyers are drawing up a new programme of fundraising events after choosing The Nelson Trust as their charity of the year.
The team of around 80 staff from Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP are planning quizzes, raffles, concerts and competitions to raise money for the local charity.
The Nelson Trust provides residential addiction treatment, services for those affected by addiction and support for people in recovery from its treatment centre in Stroud and women’s centres in Gloucester and Swindon.
Members of the Willans charity fundraising committee visited the women’s centre in Gloucester to learn about the charity and see how the money raised will be used.
John Trolan, CEO of The Nelson Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be chosen by Willans as their charity of the year. Our women’s centres are safe, caring communities for families affected by addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, lack of qualifications and family breakdown. At the centre, we make sure they get help with substance misuse, housing, employability, finance, health, relationships and domestic abuse, as well as crèche facilities, weekly lunch clubs, counselling, and workshops for developing confidence and life skills. We believe that with the right support, understanding and empowerment, people can achieve their full potential.
“On behalf of Nelson Trust I would like to thank the staff at Willans and look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
In previous years Willans’ staff have raised around £11,000 each year for their chosen charities and they hope to match this figure once again.
James Grigg, partner at Willans and head of the charity committee said: “The tour of the women’s centre opened our eyes to the sheer amount of good work that the The Nelson Trust does to support women completely overwhelmed by domestic violence, homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. We hope that we can help increase awareness of their work locally through our events as well as raise funds to support them with their objectives.
“We have sprung into action already with a ‘spring clean’ campaign at work by encouraging staff to donate items of clothing, children’s toys, household products and toiletries and will  pass all donations on to the centre in the next few weeks. We are also speaking to venues about dates for fundraisers over the next 12 months.”
The law firm is organising a pool tournament on 9 November in Cheltenham. Please contact events@willans.co.uk to register your interest to take part in this competition fundraiser.

Back row left to right: Members of Willans’ charity committee Tom O’Riordan, Jennifer Emerson, Jenny Hawrot, Robert Spratt and James Grigg at The Nelson Trust’s women’s centre in Gloucester.

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