As a firm, we recognise the need for a comprehensive corporate social responsibility programme which responds to key social and environmental concerns through a variety of outlets from pro-bono work to environmental initiatives.
Each year Watson Burton aims to support one charity which is close to the hearts of its staff. The Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as the result of a staff vote after it was nominated by an employee.
More than 120 lawyers and business support staff across the firm’s offices in Newcastle, Leeds and London will fundraise throughout the year to raise money for the society, which is the leading support and research charity for people living with dementia and their families.
Staff will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to increase understanding of dementia. The short session teaches participants how to support people living with dementia in their local communities, with small actions such as communicating more clearly over a telephone, or having patience at till points when shopping.
Patrick Harwood, Watson Burton CEO, said: “As a firm we are enthusiastic about fundraising, and passionate about giving back to the communities in which we live and work. With more than 85,000 people currently living in the UK with dementia, it is a cause that resonates with our employees – all of us will be affected by dementia either directly or indirectly at some point in our lives. We look forward to the year ahead, and the inventive fundraising challenges which many of our staff plan to undertake.”
Hazel Cuthbertson, Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager, said: “It really feels like an honour to be Watson Burton’s Charity of the Year, and this partnership with a prestigious law firm means that we will be able to take another significant step forwards in the fight against dementia.
“The benefits will be invaluable, because not only will the Watson Burton team raise money to help us provide services for people with dementia and fund research, but they will also help us to raise awareness of the disease across the regions in which they operate.
“Everyone at the Alzheimer’s Society is looking forward to working with Watson Burton to make sure that our partnership yields brilliant results.”