A group of Lichfield legal eagles are on the case for a charity fundraiser.
The team, from Moseleys Solicitors, will be joining the Solstice Walk in aid of St Giles Hospice.
The decision to join the walk – which takes place on June 20 – came about after Vicki Ellis and Erica Burt-Moore in the firm’s Wills and Probate Department put out a summons for colleagues to sign up.
Vicki, a partner at Moseleys, said:
“We’ve encouraged more than 10 women from the office to take part and I have to say, we quite like the idea of swapping our work clothes for fairy wings, wands and team t-shirts! The firm has paid our entry fees, and so we’re now starting to seek out sponsors from our families and friends to make sure we raise plenty of money for St Giles.”
Working in wills and probate, Vicki and Erica are very familiar with the hospice charity, which is often chosen by local people as a beneficiary from their estate.
Moseleys is also a long-standing supporter of St Giles, and has assisted with the hospice’s annual Make a Will Week event, which sees the firm waive its usual fee in return for a donation to the charity.
The Moseleys legal team will be among up to 2,000 women taking part in the nine-mile walk on the night of 20th/21st June – the biggest single fundraising event in the charity’s 25-year history.
Helen Relihan, Head of Fundraising for St Giles Hospice, added:
“Moseleys’ efforts on behalf of St Giles sum up the spirit of the Solstice Walk; it’s a great opportunity for colleagues, friends and family members to meet up and enjoy a great night out while raising much-needed funds for a very good local cause.”
Special guest at this year’s Solstice Walk is BBC Radio WM presenter Joanne Malin, who will also be throwing herself into the spirit of the event by donning her fairy wings and a tiara.
Last year’s Solstice Walk was open to 1,000 women who together raised more than £100,000. Every penny of the proceeds is spent on St Giles’ services caring for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
“This year we are looking to double the number of women taking part, so this is a great opportunity for anyone who missed out on a place at last year’s event or for those who want to take part again to sign up.”
Registration is now open for women wanting to take part, and booking forms are available by contacting the Fundraising Office on 01543 432538, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk.
Entry is £14 per walker and everyone who signs up will be sent a Solstice Walk sponsorship pack, which includes a map of the nine-mile route around Lichfield and details of how they can raise sponsorship money. Although the walk is open to women only, men are encouraged to volunteer to as marshals around the course.
Since the first Solstice Walk took place in 2007, the annual event has raised £150,000 for St Giles.