Employees from the Birmingham office of Squire Sanders recently climbed Mt. Snowdon three times, to raise over £2,500 for their adopted charity, Max Appeal.
Max Appeal is a Stourbridge-based national charity which supports families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome and Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, both conditions result from missing genes on one of the 22nd chromosomes, specifically a 22q11.2 deletion.
The eight-strong Squire Sanders team, Sam Clancy, Ben Tompkins, Sophie Taylor, Daniel Carlile, Pam Kahlon, Rebecca Storer, Ellen Inglis and James Thorman climbed Mt. Snowden three times, taking three different routes. They completed their challenge within their target time of 14 hours.
Commenting on the team’s feat, James Thorman said: “Although gruelling at times, our enthusiasm for this challenge together with the amount of money raised demonstrate how fondly those at Squire Sanders have taken to the Max Appeal cause. It is a pleasure to be involved with Max Appeal and we have plans for further challenges and fundraising during the second half of the year.”
The Mt. Snowden challenge was one of the key fundraising events of 2013, building on the earlier success of various cake sales, jeans days and an in-house Shwopping event.
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 children diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome and Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome.
Nick Green, managing partner of the Birmingham office, said: “We chose Max Appeal after meeting the team behind the charity, and realising how much difference fundraising can make to a small, and local, good cause. We have a number of other fundraising activities planned between now and the end of the year and expect to significantly add to the money we have raised to date.”
Paul Wootton, treasurer of Max Appeal, commented: “We are delighted at the level of commitment and support shown by the staff at Squire Sanders in supporting Max Appeal as the company’s chosen charity of the year and this event has set the standard, with over £2,500 being raised.”