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green-fingered fundraisers support Nottingham Hospitals Charity

28 August 2014

Fundraisers at Browne Jacobson LLP have been showing off their gardening skills in a sunflower-growing competition in aid of charity.

The fund-raising effort was the latest in a long line of charity challenges organised by the Nottingham office of the national law firm, which is supporting Nottingham Hospitals Charity as its charity of the year during 2014.

Last year the team raised £9,489.48 for Hayward House Hospice, which is based at Nottingham City Hospital. Funds were collected through initiatives such as a trainee bike challenge, a community action day and numerous dress-down days throughout the year. A cheque presentation was recently held to hand over the money.

This year, Nottingham employees based at the firms office in Castle Meadow Road opted to support Nottingham Hospital Charitys Lymphoma Research Fund.

A string of events are being staged, including a strawberry tea afternoon which raised £235.04 earlier this summer and a sunflower-growing competition which raised £137. Winner of the hotly contested sunflower competition was HR systems analyst Cherie Stephenson, with a sunflower of 66 inches.

"We were delighted to be able to present almost £9,500 recently to Hayward House Hospice, which was our charity of the year for 2013," said Craig Sharples, a member of the community action team at Browne Jacobson, which is a national law firm offering a range of specialisms across the commercial, public, health and insurance sectors across its offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

"It was an interesting, worthwhile and humbling experience to visit the Hospice. As a company, we aim to support deserving local causes, and are pleased that this year we will continue to help Nottingham Hospitals Charity by raising funds for the Lymphoma Research Fund."

The community action team at Browne Jacobson is now planning the next batch of fund-raising challenges.

Lizzie Wright, Corporate Partnerships Account Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: "We would like to thank the Browne Jacobson team for their generous support which will help us to help patients who are treated at the citys hospitals and their families."

Nottingham Hospitals Charity exists to benefit patients, staff and facilities at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts City Hospital, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham Childrens Hospital, Hayward House Hospice and Ropewalk House.

Members of Browne Jacobsons community action team handing over a cheque to Alison Bateman (centre) from Hayward House

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