The Children’s Society and global law firm Kennedys are partnering to support vulnerable young people by funding mental health support.
A fundraising target of £120,000 has been set for the firm over the next three years to support the UK-wide work of the charity and its affiliates, Children 1st in Scotland and Youth Action in Northern Ireland. This will go towards making sure that children in need have enough to eat, a safe place to stay, and access to counselling for victims of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Kennedys will also be involved in community volunteering and provide pro bono legal support. Several colleagues have already signed up to run this year’s London marathon – one of many fundraisers planned.
Kate Hursthouse, head of responsible business at the firm, says: “Kennedys has a long and proud history of partnering with charities that support and inspire young people and we’re delighted to add The Children’s Society to that list.
“The work it does is so vital – particularly after the restrictions imposed during the pandemic and the impact that had on charities’ funding streams – there is a real shared appetite and excitement from colleagues to get involved and help make a difference.”
Bernadette O’Hara, a trainee paralegal in the London office who recently won the Harry Hails Apprenticeship Award, came up with the idea to support The Children’s Society. The annual award was set up by Kennedys in memory of one of the major drivers of the firm’s growth to date.
“Harry’s war service and young family meant that he never had time to qualify as a lawyer but he was one of the most able lawyers I have ever met, and a good man,” says Kennedys’ senior partner, Nick Thomas.
“The Children’s Society fights for the right of every child to be safe, looked after and happy and I feel privileged and proud to think Kennedys will be playing a small part in helping it achieve its aims. I think Harry would have approved.”
Pippa Lock, head of corporate engagement at The Children’s Society, added: “We are so excited to be a charity partner with Kennedys over the next three years. Right now, the need to improve children’s mental health and support vulnerable children and young people has never been greater. The fundraising and expertise that will be delivered through this partnership will be a fantastic support to the vital work that we do”.
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