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law firm helps tackle homelessness after choosing The Friary as its charity partner

12 December 2018

Nottingham’s largest law firm, Browne Jacobson, is set to support the work of one of the city’s leading charities tackling the homelessness crisis after selecting The Friary as its charity partner for 2018-2020.

Based in West Bridgford, The Friary receives over 16,000 visits from vulnerable adults across the city that are homeless or at risk of homelessness each year. As well as providing food and clothing parcels, it offers valuable practical advice and support to help users manage their housing, welfare benefit and debt related needs. Users are also able to access a range of complementary health services including a GP facility, the Homeless Health Team and Optometry.

Browne Jacobson has begun raising funds for the charity in the run up to the festive period by launching its ‘12 days of Christmas’ campaign with staff staging a Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas raffle, inviting daily donations on each of the 12 working days in the run up to Christmas and appealing for food and toiletry donations.

Sam Crawford, CEO of The Friary, said:

"The Friary is very grateful indeed for the opportunity to partner with Browne Jacobson and to work alongside them in empowering local homeless and disadvantaged adults to rebuild their lives.

“Every year the Friary caters for thousands of visits from local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and we very much welcome the engagement of our community as we seek to bring about positive change in the lives of local people in the context of such a high level of need.

“The chance to partner with such a reputable local business to generate resources to assist local people is, therefore, a very welcome development indeed. We very much look forward to working with Browne Jacobson to make this partnership a success for all concerned and we thank them sincerely for their support".

Anja Beriro, partner and a member of the Community Action Group at Browne Jacobson added: 

"Sadly recent figures have shown that there has been a 169% rise in rough sleeping in England since 2010 and charities such as The Friary need as much support as they can.

“We have a strong tradition of supporting great local causes and we are delighted to be working with The Friary over the next two years.

“We hope our involvement will help raise much needed funds to allow the charity to continue its sterling work in addressing the growing problem of homelessness and rough sleeping across the city.”

The Friary is currently running its ‘Home For Christmas Appeal’ which aims to raise awareness of the rise in rough sleeping and generate enough funds to create additional drop-in sessions for rough sleepers from the city across the festive period.

Anyone interested in supporting the campaign can do so through the charity’s Just Giving page here.

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