Here at Neves Solicitors, playing an active role in the local community is very important to us. We’re proud to support many local organisations, charities and initiatives which are helping to enhance the lives of people living across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Members of our staff often get involved with our efforts by holding additional fund raising events.
Below are some examples of the work we are doing in the local community…
Each year the partners of Neves make donations to local charities in lieu of sending out Christmas cards. Each office chooses which charities they wish to donate to. This year's chosen charities are:
Milton Keynes office: Winter Night Shelter MK
Team Endeavour Racing is open to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) serving personnel and medically discharged veterans. The team uses entry-level power boating ‘Thundercat Racing’ to create an enjoyable and stimulating team environment which aims to develop, inspire and challenge Team Members during the demanding and difficult time transitioning from the Armed Forces.
In February 2020, Fiona Hewitt - Senior Associate and Head of Employment and Commercial Disputes, was appointed as Honorary Solicitor to Team Endeavour Racing - part of the Invictus Games Foundation.
Neves has several connections with Willen Hospice. We are members of the Willen Hospice Business Club and take part in the Willen Hospice Will Writing Month.
Members of staff have held events to raise funds for the charity and we entered a team into the 2019 Willen Sports Day competing against other businesses in an old style school sports day event.
The Bees Neves team for Willen Hospice Sports Day
We are members of the Corporate Patron Programme. The programme provides the charity with regular financial support helping them to budget and plan ahead more effectively and enables us to meet like-minded businesses at events organised by Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
We have also funded an entire team for one night meaning patients and their carers can receive a visit from Rennie Grove Hospice Care nurses 24 hrs a day.
Amy from Rennie Grove Hospice Care presenting our corporate membership certificate to Wills and Probate solicitor, Nina Gurra.
The Love in a Bag concept is simple; find a handbag, manbag or rucksack that you no longer use, fill it with essentials such as shampoo, deodorant etc... and it will be distributed to men and women in crisis.
Love in a Bag Bedford collates and distributes the bags to many local charities. over the festive season. In 2018, 646 people received filled bags and over 16 charities benefited, including Bedford Women's Refuge, YMCA, The Asian Women's Foundation, Charis House, The King's Arms Project and The Salvation Army.
Members of Neves staff joined the 2019 campaign by donating bags filled with essential items and the partners also gave a generous donation enabling the firm to buy further toiletries and bags.
Hollie, Julie and Jackie from Neves dropping off our donations to a Love in a Bag drop off point.
Rachel's Rainbow Dashers are a local group who are raising funds and awareness for the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). CCLG is a leading children's cancer charity working to improve treatment and care, fund and support research into childhood cancers, and support families with expert information.
Rachel’s Rainbow Dashers have set themselves the slightly crazy challenge of completing 12 marathon challenges in 12 months to raise money for research into better treatment for children with cancer and to help find cures for ALL types of children’s cancer with the hope that in the future, children will not have to suffer as Rachel has.
The partners have made a donation to the charity and members of staff will be taking part in some of the challenges.
MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) is an independent charity aligned to Milton Keynes Dons. The SET delivers life-changing programmes in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area and focuses on education, social inclusion, health and wellbeing, girls and women's football, football development and community delivery.
Neves Solicitors have been Friends of the Trust(FOTT) since 2017. FOTT raises vital funds to enable MK Dons SET to continue its task of delivering key community and educational streams to the local area.
Here we see Dean Bowditch, ex-player and ambassador for MK Dons SET presenting Peter Kelly, Joint Managing Partner, with our MK Dons SET membership certificate.
MK Act is a charity in Milton Keynes which works with over 100 families’ everyday to help them move on from fear and abuse. They have been providing safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for women and their children escaping domestic violence for over 40 years.
Each Christmas, the partners make a donation to three local charities. A donation was made to MK Act in 2018.
Partner, Beth Woodward and Family Law Solicitor, Iain MacAskill, presenting a cheque to Lolly from MK Act.
The Silsoe Stride is set within the magnificent grounds of Wrest Park and neighbouring farmland. There is both a 5K and 10K race, ideal for runners of all abilities, with a gently undulating route where you can Run, Walk or Jog. Several members of staff and their families joined in the fun on the day.
Neves Solicitors sponsored the childrens fun run in 2019. Partner, Beth Woodward, was on hand to award the medals - once she had finished her race!
Money raised was shared between the Silsoe Village Hall, Silsoe Lower School PTA, Silsoe Pre-school, Silsoe Millennium Green Trust, Silsoe Cricket Club, Silsoe School Football Club and Silsoe Carpet Bowls Club.
Partner, Beth Woodward, awarding medals at the Silsoe Stride 2019.
St Albans and District Talking Newspaper is a weekly and quarterly audio programme posted to listeners’ homes free-of-charge (with the alternative ‘listen online’ option through our website or the Talking Newspaper App).
It helps a variety of local residents of all ages – those with limited sight and others with temporary or long-term conditions that limit their enjoyment of the written word – to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in St Albans, Harpenden and all the villages and parishes within the District.
Talking Newspaper was one of the partners chosen charities in 2019.
The Harpenden Trust offers support for individuals, families and young people in need, by way of the Care Fund, and provides financial support for community projects in Harpenden, via the Community Fund.
The Harpenden Trust was one of the partners chosen charities in 2019.
We recently recycled some old IT equipment and the recycling company has made a donation on our behalf to a charity which provides safe drinking water and toilets in some of the poorest nations. These facilities help to keep people healthy and in school.
We are now twinned with three toilets in different parts of the world.