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Leading city centre law firm Nelsons has announced its nominated charities for the coming year, after completing its first round of fundraising for the organisations during a summer team challenge.

Every year, employees vote to select the charities they wish to back and this year, staff at the firm’s Nottingham office, based in Pennine House on Stanford Street, chose to support St Ann’s-based charity, Stonebridge City Farm.

To get into the summer spirit, 11 teams of five or six people went head-to-head racking up as many walking, running and cycling miles as they could to kickstart the new year of fundraising. A special points system was put in place to reflect the difference in the three disciplines, with miles cycled remaining equal, miles ran being multiplied by three and miles walked multiplied by five. Before multiplication, the teams racked up more than 3,000 miles between them.

Stewart Vandermark, chief executive at Nelsons, said:

“The past 18 months have been challenging for every single industry, but they have been particularly tough for local charities. That’s why being able to support them now, more than ever, is so important to us all at Nelsons.

“Last year, the team participated in a number of events to raise money and came up with several creative ways to continue to fundraise during Covid-19 at a time when we were all working from home. We plan to continue showing our dedication to these great causes that enrich the lives of those in the community, as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.”

Stonebridge City Farm is a unique place in the heart of Nottingham and relies solely on donations to give visitors a taste of the countryside. The farm’s operation enables the charity to support more than 140 volunteers who are on-site each week, many of whom have a mental health illness or learning disability.

Peter Armitage, general manager at Stonebridge, said:

“As a community charity based in St Ann’s, Stonebridge City Farm relies on support from local people and organisations, so we are delighted that Nelsons has chosen us as its charity of the year.

“Demand for our services continues to grow as we focus on reducing isolation, improving health and wellbeing and increasing independence and Nelsons’ support makes a real difference, which will help us to work with even more people in the year ahead.”

Nelsons has also chosen to support the Alex’s Wish and Macmillan Cancer Support – its nominated charities for Leicester and Derby respectively.

Last year, Nelsons staff chose to support Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre, Safe & Sound and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), raising more than £3,000 in total for the charities.

Stewart added:

“I’m always overwhelmed at the number of members of our team who get involved with our fundraising activities, and this time was no different. As always, we’re already having conversations about what our next fundraiser will be and can’t wait to continue to support our nominated charities for the coming year.”

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Picture: Stewart Vandermark

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