Law firm's foundation donates £12,000 to charities to help tackle rising demand
A charitable foundation founded and run by a Cheltenham law firm has been revealed as the donor behind a £12,000 boost to three charities.
Each of the beneficiaries, one in Gloucestershire and two in the Cotswolds, received an equal share of the pot in what all say is a time of growing demand for their support and financial pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cheltenham Open Door charity, The Shakespeare Hospice and Lifespace were each told of the surprise donations in a letter from Lodders Charitable Foundation’s chairman David Lodder.
"We are acutely aware that these are difficult times for many, in particular for charities that have seen a dip in donations and fundraising, alongside a growing need for their services and support from people and communities struggling more than ever in these unprecedented times,” said Mr Lodder.
“Lodders’ ethos of supporting the people and charities in its local communities is embedded across the firm.
“The last 18 months have been a busy and successful fundraising period for the charitable foundation, and it has been a great privilege to raise funds and now be able to distribute these amongst three worthwhile charities in our region and the firm’s local communities.”
Law firm Lodders, which has offices in Montpellier Parade, Cheltenham, created its charitable foundation (LCF) in 2016 with the aim of raising vital financial support and providing help to local charities where it can make a genuine difference.
The latest £12,000 gifts bring its total donations to local independent charities to more than £60,000.
Cheltenham Open Door, which has its modest offices in Grosvenor St, is dedicated to providing support to the town’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and lonely people.
Rosie Radford, from the charity, said: “As with all charities, we fear a downturn in donations at precisely the time when our food bills have gone up.
“Lodders’ support at this time means we can continue to support our guests during this difficult time and into the future. Thank you, Lodders, for supporting us.”
Responding to the £4,000 donation to Lifespace, which mentors young people aged between nine and 19, its CEO Rachel Key, says: “The last two months have highlighted the importance of friends who know and understand you, and we are delighted that Lodders is such a friend to Lifespace.
“Some of the issues young people face have been made worse by the current situation while for others, anxiety about exams and school have been replaced by fears about the health of loved ones or the uncertainty of the future.”
Lifespace plans to invest the £4000 into additional training and development of its mentors so they can continue to offer the best possible mentoring support to children and young people.
One casualty of the current pandemic is Lodders Charitable Foundation’s flagship fundraising event – its Annual Dog Walk, which has been postponed until October 4.
Lodders 28 partners and over 160 fee earners and support staff across its office network.
To find out more about Cheltenham Open Door visit www.cheltenhamopendoor.org.uk/.