The Chichester office of Irwin Mitchell nominated Dementia Support in Tangmere to be their charity of the year.
Colleagues at the law firm handed over the cheque for £11,000 at an event along with free ice cream from a vintage van outside their town centre based office. On top of their fundraising, which included proceeds from bake sales and dress down days, colleagues also knitted ‘twiddlemuffs’ to help occupy the sometimes restless hands dementia patients can experience.
Dementia Support provides assistance to those living with the disease and supports families and carers in the local area. The relationship between Irwin Mitchell and the charity has deepened over the last three years, with experts at the law firm providing free advice clinics at the charity’s dementia hub – Sage House, twice a month for people enquiring about the legal issues surrounding dementia.
Fundraising for Dementia Support is all part of work undertaken by the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), an independent charity founded in 1997. Thanks to last year’s efforts the IMCF has now donated more than £2m to charities in the UK and abroad. The annual charity initiative sees staff across 13 of the firm’s offices vote to select a good cause, which they can support through both voluntary work and fundraising events.
Paula James, regional managing partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Chichester office, said: “As a firm we have always been passionate about doing what we can to support important causes and organisations through the IMCF and the Charity of the Year initiative. Dementia Support undertakes incredibly important work and we are very proud to be continuing our partnership with the charity for a third year.
“Helping good causes is a core part of life here at Irwin Mitchell and we are excited about seeing just how much we can do for Dementia Support and our other chosen charities across the coming months.”
Sally Tabbner, chief executive at Dementia Support, said: “We are beyond thrilled to once again be named the charity of the year for Irwin Mitchell’s Chichester office. We are delighted to have such a strong relationship with the team and their support in recent years has been invaluable as we have looked to improve and develop our services. We are hugely excited by what is in store across the year ahead.”