Staff at the Swindon and Marlborough offices of UK Top 100 law firm Royds Withy King, have chosen a local charity founded in memory of a colleague’s son, as the main beneficiary of their fundraising activities over the next two years.
They voted overwhelmingly to support Wiltshire charity, Doing it for Dan, which was set up by Helen Lucas, an employment solicitor at Royds Withy King, after her 11-year-old son Daniel Climance died in a collision with a road sweeper while out cycling with his family in Purton, near Swindon, in 2015.
Doing it for Dan is run by Helen and members of Daniel’s extended family to encourage more children and young adults to participate in sport and leisure activities by awarding grants to individuals and organisations based in Wiltshire.
Last year, the charity raised over £30k which went towards sports kit, equipment and coaching. It was also used to support several young people from Wiltshire Council’s Funding Future Olympians’ programme which helps some of the county’s most able young athletes to train, compete and progress.
Helen said: “When I heard that Royds Withy King had voted for Doing it for Dan as their charity of choice I was genuinely surprised – and thrilled. It’s a relatively new charity and one which is obviously very close to my heart so the fact that my colleagues got behind it and wanted to support it when there are so many other worthy causes out there, is very touching.”
Dan was a talented footballer and had completed his second degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do so his family felt the charity would be a positive way to channel their emotions and help others to fulfil their sporting potential.
Helen, who lives in Swindon, continued: “Daniel was passionate about sport and although he will never have the chance to fulfil his potential, we have an opportunity to help other young people to achieve their dreams. Once you get to a certain level, sport can be extremely expensive so through the support of Royds Withy King and the many wonderful people who arrange fundraising activities in Dan’s name, we can reach even more budding young sports stars.”
Royds Withy King’s fundraising efforts are already well underway. Family paralegal Amy Light took part in the Swindon Half Marathon and raised £850 for Doing it for Dan while receptionist Christine Beck took part in a sponsored skydive last week and raised £750.
Doing it for Dan invites applications from young people living in Wiltshire who are aged 21 and under, as well as local sports providers, through its website www.doingitfordan.co.uk One of the first beneficiaries of Doing it for Dan was junior motorbike racing champion Elliot Pinson from Swindon. Tickets for a charity ball on December 2 and other events are also available through the website.
Every two years, Royds Withy King asks its staff to vote for one charity in each of its communities to benefit from fundraising activities and volunteering support during the period. The firm has a dedicated charities group and every employee is allocated two days a year to provide in-kind support to good causes.
Pictured above: Helen Lucas and her son Daniel Climance