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London law firm announces Bede House as its chosen charity for the year

9 March 2015

Browne Jacobsons London office has nominated Southwark based Bede House as its chosen charity for 2015. Set up in 1938 Bede House, a leading multi-purpose community based charity based in Southwark, delivers programmes that serve over 2000 people every year. It provides services under four key areas: Learning Disabilities, Youth work, Starfish Domestic Violence & Hate Crime and Community Engagement and is heavily reliant on contributions from individuals and corporate grants. The charitys Inside Outside project was presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2008 for successfully bringing together people who have a learning disability and local housebound and elderly residents to help each other. Browne Jacobson will work closely with Bede House on various fundraising initiatives throughout the year. They will take an active role in the charitys projects such as supporting the development of local plays, attending charitable functions and providing sponsorship funding. The firm have organised a staff quiz at the end of March with all proceeds going to the charity and they will also be supporting Bede House with interview role plays in May. Prior to working with Bede House the law firm raised over £5,000 for Hackney based charity St Josephs Hospice. Over the course of two years they worked with them on a range of fundraisers which included jeans days and cake bake offs. Nick Dunne, Director of the charity commented: "We are delighted to have been chosen as Browne Jacobsons charity of the year. As a small, local charity this kind of support is vital to us and we look forward to us working together in the next 12 months". David Maggs, partner at Browne Jacobson, added: "We are delighted to be supporting a charity that provides such a crucial service to the local community. The Bede House staff and volunteers provide an invaluable service and support network to the Southwark neighbourhood. Both myself and my colleagues are looking forward to working with the team over the coming year, hoping to draw attention to the fantastic work they already do, as well as continue to raise funds for the charity and its community." Every year each of Browne Jacobsons offices nominates a local charity to support in their area. Last year the firm managed to raise over £28,000 for good causes across its five office network, this included the firms trainee lawyers joining up from all offices to complete a cycle challenge, raising money for a cancer charity.

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