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Burnetts in the Community

Burnetts in the community

Burnetts’ Newcastle team has a packed programme of fund-raising challenges to help raise money for North East charities such as the Percy Hedley Foundation and national charities including Breast Cancer Now and Help for Heroes.


Percy Hedley Challenge 500

This year, members of the Newcastle Office have signed up to the Percy Hedley Foundation Challenge 500 initiative. The team was given a £500 seed fund to help raise as much money as possible between February and July 2017 for the foundation.

June events

The team are holding a number events in June as part of the Challenge 500 scheme, varying from a Summer Afternoon Tea, to a 24-hour football tournament, to skydiving! 

Burnetts' Big Brainy Quiz

The team have organised two events in May as part of the Challenge 500 initiative. The team are holding a a Coffee Morning at the Milburn House office and then hosting Burnetts' Big Brainy Quiz on 11th May. Check back soon for more updates!

Race Night

The team held a Race Night at Shearer's Bar in Newcastle in April. Clients and local businesses enjoyed an exciting evening, with the event raising a fantastic total in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation. The team have a number of upcoming events as part of the Challenge 500 scheme ran in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation.

April events

The team have organised a number of events throughout April as part of the Challenge 500 initiative, including a Skool Disco on 7th April at Holly Hill Social Club, an easter-themed coffee morning on 13th April and a race night at Shearers Bar on 29th April.

Fitness Day

Chartered Legal Executive Caroline Robson hosted a Challenge 500 Fitness Day event in aid of Percy Hedley on 2nd April at Cobalt Business Park. The day raised a considerable sum for the Percy Hedley Foundation and the team had a great day!

St Patricks Coffee Morning

The team held a St Patricks-themed coffee morning on Friday 17th March 2017 in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation as part of the Challenge 500 initiative. The team was given a luxurious hamper by Percy Hedley to use as the main raffle prize, which helped in raising the fantastic coffee morning donation total.

Coffee Morning

The Newcastle office hosted a coffee morning on Tuesday 14th February, welcoming neighbouring businesses from Milburn House and passers-by.


Twice a week, Caroline runs a metafit class for the team after work; she runs it to keep everyone fit and healthy for the range of sporting fundraising activities the team are involved with. Weigh-ins are done on a Wednesday.


Great Swims 2016 Summary

Caroline has now completed the whole series of Great Swims across the country in aid of Breast Cancer Now, including the Great North Swim, Suffolk Swim, Salford Quays and Victoria Docks swims. She has exceeded her £300 target for Breast Cancer Now, raising a total of £345 + gift aid.

Caroline recorded a fantastic time in the Loch Lomond swim, completing it 10 minutes faster than her time last year! She has already booked her place at the Great North Swim in 2017, raising money again for Breast Cancer Now.

Great North Run 2016

The team's months of training for the Great North Run came to a successful conclusion with all of our team members crossing the finish line! Angela Curran provided support at the marquee. To date the team has raised over £2500 for the Percy Hedley Foundation and their Just Giving page is still open. We are very grateful for your donations.  More pictures can be found on Burnetts' Facebook and Twitter pages.  Here is a link to a video of the day created by Percy Hedley.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Burnetts’ Newcastle Office had a very busy and successful week. The team hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 9th September 2016 which was a roaring success! In total, over £200 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Research. The team also met lots of neighbours from Milburn House and the surrounding offices.

This was followed on Saturday 10th September 2016 by hosting a drinks and nibbles reception for runners and their families who were raising money for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

Our Swimmers

Legal Executive Caroline Robson and Nursing Paralegal Stephanie Long both swam in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere on June 11th 2016. The swim was 1 mile in length and the women both managed the swim in just over 1 hour.  Well done!

Stephanie raised £816 for Breast Cancer Now.

Great North Swim

Caroline, a specialist in the Court of Protection, is going to do the whole series of Great Swims across the country and has so far also completed the Suffolk Swim, Salford Quays and Victoria Docks swims. She has raised £310.00 to date.

Great North Swim 2

Great North Swim 3


On Saturday 6th August 2016 Stephanie and Caroline were joined by Medical Negligence Solicitor Hannah Fitzpatrick to complete the Total Warrior challenge in Shap. They were raising money “Breast Cancer Now” and “Help for Heroes”.

Great North Run 2016

Our Great North Run Team (Caroline, Hannah, Stephanie, James Curran, Administrator Natalie Gray, and solicitors Kayleigh Nugent, Mark Johnson and Alix Walker as team manager!!) continue to step up their training efforts in their bid to raise as much as they can for the Percy Hedley Foundation and the new Percy Hedley School Building at Killingworth.

On Saturday 5th August 2016, the team completed their latest  run, a 10K run along the Derwent Walk (the day after the firm BBQ!). Getting the team up to 10K will be a challenge and everyone is breaking in their new trainers and eating lots of chicken and pasta, no alcohol from mid August. This is serious!


Bob the Builder

Partner & Head of Medical Negligence Angela Curran is a former Great North Runner for Percy Hedley. Based in Newcastle, Angela (pictured below) is a Trustee of The Percy Hedley Foundation and has been heavily involved in the school’s new build project at Killingworth.

Angela Curran at Percy Hedley

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Angela Curran

Angela Curran is Head of Burnetts' Medical Negligence and Serious Injury team.