Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP (BLG) is proud to announce that the firm, through the efforts of its staff, donated almost £56,000 to charity in 2009/2010, including £41,000 for its official charities The Child Bereavement Charity (CBC) and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The money raised for the CBC will go towards training and support for professionals who come into contact with bereaved families. For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity the funds raised will complete funding for a ventilator in one of the hospital’s intensive care wards.
Since September 2009, BLG has organised a range of fundraising activities, including skydiving, marathon running, and a quiz for the London insurance market that brought in over £16,000 in a single night.
BLG senior partner Simon Konsta said: “This is the first year we have had official charities, so I’m very proud that so many of our staff have got involved and that we have managed to raise such an impressive amount. The work that our official charities do for children and their families is incredibly important and it has been an immense privilege to contribute towards achieving their fundraising goals.”
Ian Davis of the Child Bereavement Charity said: “It has been a great partnership for the Child Bereavement Charity. The staff at BLG have really thrown themselves into all kinds of charity activities, ranging from the Children’s Christmas Party to running the London Marathon. One highlight was the BLG London Market Quiz night. Danny Baker hosted it on behalf of the CBC and was a real star, making sure it was a really great night for everyone present. The amazing amount that BLG staff raised this year exceeded our expectations and their predictions. Every penny will go to support vital work supporting bereaved children and families across the UK.”
Laura Cook of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We are extremely grateful to the fantastic employees of Barlow Lyde and Gilbert for their support this past year. They have impressed us with the variety of activity that they have taken part in from the bravery of sky dives to the dedication of training for the London Marathon. Due to their continued efforts, the hospital will now be able to complete funding for a brand new ventilator which will take over the breathing of very ill children. These units are essential and are used constantly in our intensive care wards where tiny babies are being treated.”
For 2010/2011, BLG has selected Richard House Hospice and NSPCC ChildLine as its charities of the year.