Swindon law firm raises over £25k for cancer charity

By Anita Jaynes on 11 May, 2021

Royds Withy King has donated £25,750 to its local charity partner Melanoma UK, which is a patient support and advocacy group for people with the disease.

The law firm, which has an office in Swindon town centre, has supported the organisation for the past two years. Bake sales, dress-down days and charity walks were just some of the ways the firm’s lawyers and staff helped to raise funds while colleagues heavily supported a Winter Appeal which ran in December last year. Meanwhile, three of the staff – Jessica Burston, Ali Cloak and Fran Tremeer – joined the challenge trek to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2020. 

Gillian Nuttall, CEO of Melanoma UK, said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the teams at Royds Withy King over the last two years. Despite the difficulties that Covid-19 created, they continued their fundraising efforts for us and their other chosen charities.   

“Many people don’t realise that 82% of charities in the UK are small organisations and many don’t receive any government funding. So when Royds Withy King offered their support, we recognised the potential impact that support would have on our charity.  

“We are truly grateful for the amazing support.”  

Solicitor Sophie Webb, who chairs Royds Withy King’s Charities group, said, “It’s been a particularly tough time for charities in the past year so we’re thrilled to donate the proceeds of our campaign. 

“Our staff and partners vote for a charity to support in each of our regions every two years. It’s a brilliant opportunity to make a tangible difference, with a focus on raising money and doing something practical too. Our charity partners play an important role in the communities where we live and work so it means a lot to us to be able to support them.

“Corporate Social Responsibility is one of our firm’s core values. As part of that, we encourage everyone at our firm to take advantage of the two paid volunteering days that they are given every year to provide practical support to a charity of their choice. We also work firm-wide with Community Foundations across our regions to deliver grants from endowed funds.”

Last month, colleagues at the firm’s Swindon office selected their new charity partner for 2021-23, based on a staff vote, which will be Swindon Food Collective. The independent charity aims to help people in the town, or the surrounding area who are suffering from financial hardship and finding it difficult to provide food for themselves, their family or dependants.

The new relationship started last week to tie in with the beginning of the financial year.

Pictured above: Lucy Hughes, who is part of Royds Withy King’s Charities Group, based in the Swindon office