15 Jan Trainee legal eagles a top fundraising team
TRAINEE solicitors from a North East law firm have proved themselves as top charity traders by claiming a money-raising title.
The Ward Hadaway staff, based at the company’s Quayside office, won the 2014 ‘Trade-Up Challenge’ by raising the most money for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.
The challenge saw teams from ten North East businesses presented with a teddy bear signed by Geordie television presenters Ant and Dec, which the teams had to ‘trade up’ for a higher value item – continuing until the end of the contest.
Using their powers of persuasion, Ward Hadaway first acquired a £100 meal voucher at Harry’s Bar, then a three-course Malmaison a la carte meal for two with a £35 bottle of wine, followed by an executive overnight stay at the Hilton with breakfast and a 10-course tasting menu for two at Jesmond Dene House, and finally an evening meal and overnight stay in an upgraded room at Yorkshire’s Crathorne Hall Hotel complete with breakfast and a bottle of wine.
Local businesses, including the Pitcher & Piano and Tyne and Wear Metro, donated an extra nine prizes for the cause, which were raffled off alongside the Crathorne Hall hotel stay at Ward Hadaway’s staff party.
A total of £867.65 was raised for the charity, which provides specialised equipment for children with disabilities.
The winning team featured trainee solicitors Hollie Walker, Melissa Walker, Gemma Child, Caroline Norton, Rebecca Graham, Eleanor King, Myles O’Gorman, Amie Kavanagh and Catherine Maclaine, supported by client acceptance administrator Sophie Robinson and commercial litigation associate Russell Ward.
Hollie said: “As a team we are obviously really pleased to have won the Trade-Up Challenge, but the most important aspect is that all of this money has been raised for an amazing cause.
“As well as the work put in by the Ward Hadaway team, we could not have done this without the magnificent support of so many local businesses who got involved in the challenge, whether by taking part in trades or by donating prizes.”
Clare Savory, events manager for the Fund, added: “Congratulation to Ward Hadaway for winning our Trade Up Challenge.
“A big thank you to all the companies that supported this challenge. The money raised will be used to support children with disabilities in the North East. Without companies such as Ward Hadaway, we would be unable to support so many children in the North East.”