Independent legal practice Brabners, which has a base in Manchester, has named mental health charity Mind as its chosen charity partner for 2018/19 and has kicked off its fundraising target by raising £5,000 from its annual Charity Challenge.
The Charity Challenge took place in the Lake District and is the firm’s first major fundraising initiative of the year.
It saw teams of employees, clients, friends and family race against each other in a series of gruelling challenges. From kayaking more than a mile and a half around Derwentwater lake to cycling up to 37 miles through the Buttermere Valley. This route saw teams climb more than 4,000ft as they cycled the Honister and Whinlatter passes, before participants hiked a further 3,800ft as they ended the challenge with a nine mile fell walk through Outerside, Craig Hill and Sand Hill.
Mind promotes the understanding of mental health issues and provides advice and support to the thousands of people across the UK who need it. This event is just one of many that Brabners’ dedicated charity committee has planned to support Mind and will be followed by a number of sponsored challenges to help the firm beat its annual fundraising target of £25,000. This includes partner Phil Steele running 5km every day for six months.
Lachlan Nisbet, head of the firm’s charity committee, said: “Mind does a tremendous job of providing thousands of individuals across the country, both young and old, with expert support and guidance around mental health issues. We’re extremely proud that the money we’ve raised will provide Mind with the vital funding it needs to carry on supporting those who need its help the most, and we’re looking forward to continuing our support as we work together to raise awareness of such an important cause.”
Sandra Gilbert at Wirral Mind added: “One in four people are affected by mental health issues, so the work we do to encourage open conversation is more important than ever. Events like this not only help us to raise awareness about such an important issue, they ensure the money raised will allow us to continue to provide services to people experiencing distress.
“It’s really encouraging to see firms such as Brabners championing mental health awareness and we hope to see many more follow in their footsteps.”
Over the last 10 years Brabners has raised more than £250,000 for charities including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Crisis and Guide Dogs UK.