Gordons raises £10,000 for chosen charity of the year

Monday 16th May 2016

Employees from Yorkshire law firm Gordons have successfully raised £10,000 for Willow Young Carers Service, the firm’s charity of choice for 2015/16.

A number of employees from across the firm’s Leeds and Bradford offices have spent the last 12 months taking part in a series of fundraising events. The various events included a nine-and-a-half hour trek across the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a bake off, a football tournament and a Santa fun-run.

Willow Young Carers Service, which is part of children’s charity Barnardo’s, supports children and young people in Leeds who care for a family member affected by a physical or mental health illness, disability or substance misuse problem.

Sylvia Shatwell, manager at Willow Young Carers Service, said: “We’re very appreciative of the fantastic support Gordons has provided over the last year. As a small local charity, this is a very significant amount of money which will help us make a positive difference to the lives of those supporting family members suffering from the various forms of ill-health.

“I know every level of the company got involved in fundraising and they did it with a lot of dedication. I would like to thank all our friends at Gordons for making this year the success it was.”

Willow Young Carers Service works hard to support these young people and their family by putting them in touch with local services, sports and health centres, providing advice and emotional support, as well as opportunities to take a break from their caring duties.

The £10,000 raised for Willow Young Carers Service takes the total amount raised for local charities by Gordons over the last five years to £100,000.

Victoria Davey, partner at Gordons, said: “It has been a pleasure to have supported Willow Young Carers Service this year and our employees really engaged in all of the charitable activities we undertook.

“The funds raised will help support young carers, who often miss out on opportunities that other children have, due to the demands placed on them. Also, the fact that the charity helps families and individuals across Leeds means we can see how our fundraising efforts are used, which is very satisfying.”