After a year of hard work and dedication, St James’ Square handed over an incredible £13,105 to Macmillan Cancer Support.
At the beginning of 2018, the staff at St James’ Square voted for Macmillan as their Charity of the Year and pledged to raise £5,000. The money raised would then be matched by the law firm, setting the fundraising goal of £10,000.
However, after a year-long series of charity events, St James’ Square surpassed their ambitious target and presented Macmillan with £13,105 to help improve the lives of people living with cancer.
The fundraising activities each reflected St James’ Square’s fun working environment. They included coffee mornings, sponsored runs and dress-down days. On Halloween, the firm’s partners raised donations and more than few laughs by dressing as Ghostbusters for a day in the office.
They even held the ‘The Great St James’ Square Bake Sale’ at the end of the year which featured conveyancer Rukhsanah’s famous samosas!
Another highlight was the Charity Karting and Client Networking event at Karting North East, which saw 28 teams made up of clients and staff compete in an endurance race. Macmillan volunteer David Barber also came along and shared his own story of his battle with cancer.
The charity efforts reached their festive finale when a special Polar Express screening was held at the Tyneside Cinema.
St James’ Square prides itself on being a family-orientated firm and the partners wanted to host a Christmas event to include not only clients and employees, but also their children and partners.
The festive fundraiser invited families to enjoy an exclusive screening of Polar Express, complete with a conductor stamping golden tickets, mugs of hot chocolate and a visit from Santa, with all donations raised going to the Macmillan fund.
When St James’ Square was founded in 2017, an ethos of philanthropy, and supporting good causes like Macmillan, was a top priority for the firm.
Managing partner Paul Monaghan’s own aunt Rita Monaghan was supported by Macmillan nurses before she sadly lost her cancer battle aged just 30.
Paul said: “Macmillan help so many families like my own through cancer and the work that they do is truly amazing. It is such an honour to have raised money to help play a role in the fight against this terrible disease.
“Credit must go to everyone who was involved in this remarkable fundraising effort. It was a very proud moment for us all when we handed over the cheque to Macmillan.”
As well as proving popular with St James’ Square’s employees and their families, the year’s fundraising mission also struck a chord with the firm’s clients.
Paul Oates, Director of Premier Care Homes, said: “As well as being exceptional lawyers, St James’ Square Law Firm are dedicated to raising money for charity. I am delighted to have been involved in the Charity Karting event. It’s great to see a law firm taking the time to support good causes like Macmillan in such an engaging way.”
Erin Fairley, Macmillan Fundraising Manager, said: “We are delighted that St James’ Square has supported Macmillan Cancer Support during 2018.
“The incredible £13,105 they have raised will go a long way in ensuring Macmillan can reach the people who need us today.
“We simply could not deliver this vital support without corporate partners like St James’ Square and we’d like to thank everyone involved.”
But the firm’s good work does not stop there. With the £13,105 raised last year now put to good use supporting Macmillan’s important work, the St James’ Square team already has selected their next challenge. The firm’s chosen charity for 2019 is Heel & Toe, the North East organisation that supports children with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities.
The team will build on the success of 2018 and raise as much as possible to help the charity, which offers a range of therapies to improve the lives of children and their families.