Fundraise Fundraise at work Corporate fundraising news Pinsent Masons We are all celebrating here at Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity as we have been announced as the chosen charity for Pinsent Masons a second year running.The charity was chosen following a staff vote as several members of staff have been supported by the hospital with their own children including Dan Hackett, Talent Acquisition Consultant for the firm whose young son Theo was given lifesaving heart surgery at the hospital. Chosen by a staff committee, many who have experienced the hospital first hand, the original partnership in 2017 raised over £30k for the charity and provided support for a variety of wards, including PICU – the hospital’s intensive care unit. This year hopes to follow suit with many fundraising initiatives such as a 10k and the London to Paris cycle in the pipelines. Pinsent Masons, commented: “As a company we always strive to support local charities – especially those our staff have personal connections with. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is a fantastic charity which has touched many of our hearts here at Pinsent Masons, so we’re delighted we can support them for a second year running.” Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Every year we are astounded by the level of support we get from local businesses and as one of our largest corporate partners, we’re incredibly grateful to be chosen as charity partner by Pinsent Masons again this year. They raised an incredible amount for us in 2017 through some fantastic events, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll get up to this year.” Over the year Pinsent Masons organised and took part in a variety of fundraising initiatives, including their annual summer bike ride through the Warwickshire countryside, the Great Birmingham Run, Half Marathons, Glow in the Park and Birmingham Velo. Office fundraising included samosa sales, quiz nights and even the sale of old furniture when they moved offices in mid-2017. The team also attended regular Art Kart sessions and decorated hospital wards for Christmas. In spring 2017 one of the firm’s partners Simon Laight raised over £3k from taking on the Cape Epic challenge, a brutal eight day mountain bike race in South Africa. Cycling alongside his brother Matthew, the dad-of-three was inspired to pedal for pounds after being ‘bowled over’ by the care his sons have received at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, including 16-year-old George, who fell off his bike last year and broke his shoulder. We can't wait to organise a great calendar of fundraising for 2018!