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Calvert Trust is Burnetts’ charity of the year

Calvert Trust is Burnetts’ charity of the year

Burnetts has chosen The Lake District Calvert Trust as its very first Charity of the Year.

The Cumbrian law firm, which has offices in Carlisle, Penrith and West Cumbria, selected the charity following a vote by staff and partners, having asked staff for suggestions of the charities they would most like to support. The Lake District Calvert Trust is a residential outdoor centre with over 35 years’ experience delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.

Burnetts will be supporting the charity until April 2016, with its first target being to raise £2,100 to kick-start the renovation of Bowderstone Bothy, a building adjoining the charity’s accessible abseil site near Bassenthwaite. The Trust is planning to turn the bothy into a fully accessible venue for disabled visitors but needs funds to get the project up and running. 

The Charity of the Year initiative is the idea of Burnetts’ new Managing Partner Nick Gutteridge. He said, “I wanted the firm’s fundraising efforts to be focussed on a charity where we could really make a difference and where we could forge long-lasting relationships so I was delighted when the Lake District Calvert Trust was chosen by staff.”

He added, “As a lawyer who has worked extensively with clients with spinal and brain injuries, I have seen how the Trust transforms lives. We have a lot to offer the Calvert Trust, but I am certain that, in return, our team will benefit from the experience of working together for a really worthwhile cause.” 

Burnetts will be adding to the charity’s coffers through a range of fund-raising activities including dress-down days, selling balloon models from its stand at the Cumberland Show, staff social events and challenges such as the Great North Run. The team will also be providing practical support on a volunteer maintenance day and through the provision of free legal advice.

Lynn Healey, Business Manager at the Lake District Calvert Trust said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a well-respected firm. Not only will the visitors to the Calvert Trust benefit through the fundraising activities but it is a great opportunity through the team at Burnetts to spread the word about our work in the hope of enabling more children and adults with disabilities to experience outdoor adventure.”

For further information about the Lake District Calvert Trust visit: http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/lake-district/introduction ;

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Note to Editor -The Lake District Calvert Trust centre is located on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and offers a warm welcome; accessible accommodation and exciting breaks for schools, groups, families and individuals with their friends and carers. The centre is accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater.

Published: Friday 8th May 2015
Categorised: Practice News

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