Staff at our Reading Centre were delighted to receive cheques totalling more than £8,920 from the Reading branch of Osborne Clarke and its Charity Committee earlier this spring.
Hannah Rossi and Scott Butler, two of the local Charity Committee Chairpersons, visited the Centre and chatted with Manager Hannah Spence and staff; as well as enjoying some time with the children. Hannah and Scott also had a tour of the Centre and outdoor play space, and heard about some of the plans that the Centre have to improve facilities for the benefit of the children. They also visited the children in both of the playrooms and heard about some of the challenges which they and their families experience.
Over the past year, the Charity Committee have organised various fundraising activities within their offices and have also encouraged staff to undertake challenges. Ten staff ran the Reading Half Marathon earlier in the year as one of those challenges; so these latest donations have brought the total raised, by the Reading branch of international legal practice Osborne Clarke, to over £10,300 this year.
Centre Manager, Hannah, said “Our relationship with Osborne Clarke is very special to us here at Dingley’s Promise. Staff come along to the Centre and volunteer for all sorts of jobs throughout the year; including helping us to wrap the many donated Christmas presents that we receive for our children. For more than two years, the Reading staff have supported us and this is the third annual donation that they and their Charity Committee have made to us – and is by far the largest. We are incredibly grateful as their donations make such a difference to the support that we are able to give to local children and their families.”
Hannah and Scott spent over two hours at the Centre with the children and said “It was great for us to be able to spend some time getting to know the staff and the children of Dingley’s Promise. We have always known about the valuable support that the charity gives to local children and their families, but it was such a delight for us to be able to see this first hand and to be able to report back to our colleagues about the difference that their donations and charitable giving will make. It helps us to raise even more funds in the future – and we will be back to visit again soon.”