Sheffield solicitors beat fundraising target for cancer charity

Sheffield solicitors beat fundraising target for cancer charity

Wake Smith Solicitors have raised £8,500 for Sheffield’s Weston Park Cancer Charity in what amounts to its biggest ever annual charity fundraising total.

Employees at the Sheffield law firm chose the cancer charity as its good cause for 2018-19 financial year and spent 12 months raising cash through a host of fundraising events.

Events included dress down days, a staff bingo night, running the Sheffield 10k and Sheffield Half Marathon, Great British Bake Off-style cake sales, sweepstakes, competitions, a tuck shop, lunch club raffles and a quiz night.

The substantial donation also means that in the last five years Wake Smith has raised £30,284.42 for deserving South Yorkshire charities.

“Every year staff at Wake Smith Solicitors vote for a good cause to support throughout the next 12 months,” said Kate Lax, solicitor at Wake Smith and charitable board member.

Employees are invited to nominate a local charity with particular importance to them and this year it was Weston Park Cancer Charity.

“Over the last year we have raised a fantastic £8,524.93, which is the most we have ever collected in one year in the firm’s history/

“The cause has really struck a chord with people this year – unfortunately, many people have indirectly, or directly, seen the devastating effect cancer can have on a family member or friend.”

Money raised from Wake Smith is expected to go towards two specialist cancer services – the Cancer Support Centre which offers a free drop in service, complementary therapies, welfare advice and support, and the Clinical Research Unit; which has seen a 20 per cent increase in patients taking part in clinical trials thanks to charitable funding.