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History repeats itself as Willans reignites partnership with Winston’s Wish

PUBLISHED: 10:08 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:26 11 September 2017

(L-R) Willans wear W for Winston's Wish; Willans' Sophie Pope, Matthew Clayton, Elizabeth Tomala of Winston's Wish, Jackie Hobson, Winston the bear, Heloise Brittain, Meg Bullingham and Nick (Nicolette!) Southwell

(L-R) Willans wear W for Winston's Wish; Willans' Sophie Pope, Matthew Clayton, Elizabeth Tomala of Winston's Wish, Jackie Hobson, Winston the bear, Heloise Brittain, Meg Bullingham and Nick (Nicolette!) Southwell

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16 years have passed since local lawyers handed over a cheque to a Cheltenham headquartered UK children’s bereavement charity which will once again benefit from a year of fundraising support

The team of around 75 staff from Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP are planning quizzes, raffles, concerts and sporting competitions to raise money for Winston’s Wish, the firm’s new chosen charity ofthe year.

To kick-start its fundraising year the firm held a ‘Wear W Day’ on Friday September 1 and also received a special visit from charity representatives and mascot ‘Winston Bear’.

Elizabeth Tomala, of Winston’s Wish, said: “We really cannot thank the team at Willans enough for their support both now and sixteen years ago. We know the impact bereavement can have on children and young people, but with the right support at the right time they can lead full and flourishing lives. The support from Willans allows us to continue to support more of the families who need us.”

Willans, which is celebrating it’s 70th anniversary this year, has raised around £80,000 over the past five years which has been put toward all sorts of charitable projects throughout Gloucestershire. Sixteen years earlier, a group of lawyers emptied their pockets and dusted off their walking boots in aid of Winston’s Wish to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

James Grigg, partner at Willans and head of the charity committee,said: “We are delighted to name Winston’s Wish as our new charity, and we look forward to increasing the sum we raised for them in 2001. The support they provide children locally and across the country has touched the hearts of many of us. It is a privilege to once again be working with them, particularly as it’s our platinum anniversary.”

Keep an eye on Willans’ website to hear of further plans for fundraisers and how you can take part by visiting.

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