Our charity of the year for 2019 is Heel and Toe.

North East based, Heel and Toe help children with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities. They receive no government funding and rely solely on donations and fundraising to provide FREE conductive education therapy to children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Over the year, the firm aims to raise a whopping £40,000 for Heel and Toe. This will be achieved through a variety of client events such as karting, a family Christmas cinema event and a black-tie fundraiser in October with a very special guest! The firm will also contribute to help get to the overall target of £40,000.

There will also be several staff challenges (usually world record eating attempts) as well as The Great St James’ Square Bake Sale, featuring Rukhsanah’s famous samosas! Some members of staff have even decided to take on sponsored events, including a skydive and the Simplyhealth Great North Run, to raise money for the charity.

To find out more about the amazing work Heel and Toe do for children in the North East with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, please visit their website: heelandtoe.org.uk

You’re able to make a donation towards St James’ Square’s target here: heelandtoe.org.uk/st-james-square-law-firm

The firm set up its donation page up on Heel and Toe’s official website rather than using other giving platforms to ensure that 100% of the donation goes directly to Heel and Toe.

Thank you for your support.

Charity of the Year 2020

If you would like to apply to become our Charity of Year 2020, please see below for the selection process and download our application form here. Please note that the deadline for submitting your application is 30 August 2019.

Each year we go the extra mile to raise money for a charity. We agree in advance with the charity of the year the amount we will aim to raise. We undertake a 12 month campaign that starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December. With the buy in of all of our staff we maximise the money we can raise for that charity during that 12 month period. Our marketing team arrange a number of events that take place throughout the year. We invite other businesses to support us in those efforts.

The Selection Process

We operate a selection process before we finalise a charity to be our charity of the year.

The selection process is as follows:

  • Nominations are put forward by charities throughout the year. They do so by completing the Charity of the Year nomination form below.
  • The deadline for entry is 30 August.
  • In September we consider all applications. We reduce the nominees down to a final 3.
  • In October we ask the 3 nominees to present to our staff. We do this so that the staff can make an informed decision as to who they want to be our charity for the forthcoming year.
  • In November we ask the staff to vote for the new charity.
  • In December we announcement our charity of the year. Fundraising efforts begin in January.

After the Selection Process

In order to raise as much money as possible, it is our policy to meet our charity of the year in the first week of January. We find that a combined approach helps to maximise the amount of money that can be raised. In January we present our 12 month plan and work with the charity to raise as much money as possible. All fundraising efforts start on 1 January and end on 31 December.

The SJS Matching Scheme

The firm is committed to helping us achieve our ambitious target. At the end of the year, the firm will match or make up the monies raised in order to get to the agreed target for 2020.

Payment to the Charity

In January of the following year, payment will be made to the bank account nominated by our charity of the year.