‘Tis the season of goodwill and colleagues within the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices of UK law firm Shoosmiths have been working hard to bring some festive cheer to those in need.
Colleagues in Scotland have embraced the chance to participate in a number of imaginative fundraising competitions and festive themed events, each designed to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, the nominated charity by Shoosmiths in Scotland during 2020.
More than £1000 has been raised by staff within the Glasgow and Edinburgh offices to date, a sum that has contributed to the running total of over £6000 raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by Shoosmiths’ UK-wide offices since May.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to meeting the unique emotional, physical and practical needs of young people (13-24 years old) who receive a cancer diagnosis.
Since 11 September, six teams of three from the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices have participated in Teenage Cancer Trust’s virtual version of the Race Across the World, ‘trekking’ 4,000km from Steep Point in Western Australia to Cape Byron in the east. Through this initiative, Shoosmiths’ intrepid ‘trekkers’ have already raised £450 for Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Just weeks since a young Scot from Edinburgh won the Great British Bake Off Crown, the charity committee in Shoosmiths’ has also been inspired to run a scrumptious bake-off. The ‘Get your Xmas Pudding On’ challenge, with each remote working entrant making a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust, promised to unearth a legal talent in Scotland with star gingerbread house or Christmas pudding baking qualities - that competition will conclude just before Christmas.
Whether working from home or in the office, Shoosmiths again hosted its annual Christmas Jumper Day, with colleagues encouraged to adorn their favourite festive sweater and to make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust. Those shy of digging out the Santa or reindeer jumper still had the chance to enter the GetYourSparkleOn competition. With prizes on offer and after making a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust, colleagues sent in a photo to showcase how he or she has decorated their home or Christmas tree.
Janette Speed, partner and head of office for Shoosmiths in Scotland, commented: “Teenage Cancer Trust undertakes tremendous work for young people given a cancer diagnosis. I’m very proud of the fact our Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, as part of a collective fundraising effort by colleagues throughout the UK, have embraced the chance to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause and enjoyed some festive fun along the way. The whole team at Shoosmiths in Scotland wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas.”