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17 Mar 2010

LG names Fairbridge as annual charity partner

International business law firm Lawrence Graham LLP ("LG") has chosen Fairbridge, a charity supporting young people, as its annual charity for 2010.

Fairbridge is a national charity supporting young people aged 13-25.  The young people they support may have been affected by poverty, addiction, crime, mental health issues, lack of schooling and they have no positive role models. As a result they often exist on the margins of society. Through a combination of one to one support and challenging activities, Fairbridge encourages some of the most chaotic young people in today's society to take steps to turn their lives around.

LG will work closely with the Fairbridge London teams, based in Hackney and Kennington. Additional centres are based in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.  Each year over 3,700 young people engage with Fairbridge and for many it is their first step back into education, training or work.
Bill Richards, partner and Head of CSR at LG, said: "We look forward very much to working with Fairbridge this year and to building on the experiences we have gained over the years partnering with various charities.  Our aims are to make a difference and make a material contribution to the achievement of our charity partner's objectives."

Andrew Purvis, Fairbridge Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted that LG has chosen Fairbridge as its charity for the year. We are excited about the opportunities this presents to both Fairbridge and our young people and also to LG staff. We have a large number of ways to engage employees in our work and a dedicated team within Fairbridge is on hand to help with fundraising activities. By raising funds for Fairbridge, LG will be helping some of the most disadvantaged young people in our society to turn their lives around."

LG is also currently organising a mentoring scheme with a local school which will begin later this year. 

"Acting as a mentor is a role with significant responsibility and involves a long term commitment from volunteers - we are looking forward to this new and exciting challenge," said Bill.

KIDS was LG's charity partner in 2008/9. Through a busy programme of fundraising activities, the firm was able to donate to KIDS a total of over £117,000 in support of its work with disabled children, young people and their families.

Bill Richards
Consultant: Compliance and Professional Standards
Bill Richards