Employees from the Birmingham office of law firm Squire Sanders have raised a record-breaking £31,600 for their 2012 adopted charity, Molly Olly’s Wishes.
During the course of the last 12 months, the office has held a wide variety of fundraising activities. Major events included entering a team of 22 lawyers in the Birmingham Half Marathon; four lawyers completed a ‘coast to coast’ cycle ride where they cycled 150 miles from Seascale in the West to Whitby in the East; partner Andrew Clay cycled from Squire Sanders’ London office to the Birmingham office; trainees from the office conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, and senior associate Claire Grice ran the London Marathon in under three and a half hours. These achievements were supported by a range of smaller events throughout the year including an auction, cake sales, Jeans days, sale of computer equipment, Easter and Christmas raffles.
Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity named after Molly Ollerenshaw, who at three years old was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer. After a long and courageous fight against the illness, she died in June 2011 at the age of eight. Her parents’ experiences in dealing with Molly’s terminal illness led them to set up a charity to help families in a similar situation.
As well as raising funds for the charity, Squire Sanders hopes that the office’s efforts will raise awareness of the difficulties that families face, and of the charity itself as a resource for parents with terminally-ill children.
Nick Green, managing partner of the Birmingham office, and member of the team who ran the Birmingham Half Marathon for Molly Olly’s Wishes, said: “We chose the charity after meeting with Rachel and Tim, Molly’s parents, and realising how much difference fundraising can make to a small, and local, good cause. To raise over £30,000 in 12 months is testament to a phenomenal team effort and I would like to thank all of our staff who dedicated their time to this cause and also to our clients who donated so generously throughout the year. We hope that our support has helped raise the profile of Molly Olly’s Wishes within the Midlands.”
Molly’s Mum, Rachel Ollerenshaw, concluded: “We are very grateful for the efforts made by the Squire Sanders team to raise such a fantastic sum of money. The money will be used to ensure children are supported with equipment or suitable entertainment while in hospital, and in particular we are working to provide a specially designed toy “Olly the Brave” to help children understand their treatment.”