LEADING city centre law firm Nelsons has continued its commitment to supporting local causes by creating and completing its own 100 Miles In May challenge to raise money for its nominated charities.

Every year, staff vote for the charities they wish to back and this year, employees at Nelsons’ Nottingham office, based in Stanford Street, chose to support Pintsize Theatre Company.

Despite the office being closed and staff continuing to work from home, Nelsons has continued its fundraising support throughout lockdown. In April, the Nottingham office took part in the #DressWithAnEgg campaign as part of Easter celebrations, and now the entire firm has come together for 100 Miles in May. Last month, members of the team were challenged to run, walk or cycle a total of at least 100 miles, with 23 people putting their stamina to the test.

Stewart Vandermark, chief executive at Nelsons, said: “Supporting local charities is something that’s very close to our heart at Nelsons and we didn’t want things to come to a standstill just because we’re working remotely at the moment. We’re all being encouraged to get out and exercise, so the 100 Miles in May challenge has turned out to be a perfect way to raise money for our nominated charities at a time when many are struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Pintsize Theatre, which was founded in 1998, aims to give a voice to those who might otherwise not be heard, with its productions touching on a range of social issues including teenage pregnancy, childhood obesity, sexual health awareness, online safety, substance/alcohol education and the effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour across the generations. 

Ian Court, manager of Pintsize Theatre, said: “As a small, local charity, having the support of Nelsons has been incredibly positive – especially during the extraordinary times we’re in at the moment. Nelsons’ support has enabled thousands of young people in both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County schools to access interactive drama workshops targeting awareness of mental and physical health, supporting and enhancing safeguarding initiatives across numerous schools. We simply can’t thank everyone at Nelsons enough for everything they’ve done.”

Stewart added: “We were thrilled that so many members of the team got involved with the 100 Miles in May challenge and have raised just shy of £1,400 for our nominated charities. It was lovely to see so many photos posted by those taking part too, often we don’t realise just how beautiful the countryside on our doorstep is and can take it for granted, so this was a great way to celebrate the region too. There are already conversations taking place about our next fundraiser and we’re looking forward to doing more in the months to come.”

Nelsons is also continuing to support the LOROS Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society – its nominated charities in Leicester and Derby respectively. Last year, Nelsons staff chose to support Bloodwise, Derbyshire Mind and Alzheimer’s Society, raising a total of £17,250 for the charities.

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