Henley law firm, Blandy & Blandy are seeking two new local charities from across Berkshire and South Oxfordshire to ‘adopt’ in 2023.
The firm has supported two NHS-focused charities, Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) and the Royal Berks Charity, since 2020, having previously worked with local charities including Age UK Berkshire, Daisy’s Dream, Reading Samaritans, Younger People with Dementia, Camp Mohawk, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Vision.
In recent years, Blandy & Blandy has donated over £100,000 to local charities, while continuing to support other important causes and fundraising events in the communities the firm is a part of, ranging from the Reading Legal Walk, the Reading Pancake Race and Readifood to The Kenton Theatre, Henley in Bloom and Henley Poppy Day.
This year’s fundraising highlight was Blandy & Blandy’s popular quiz night in September, supported by 25 leading firms, which raised £5,000.
Over the past 20 years, the firm has also helped to raise over £1.5 million for Cancer Research UK, for which it received a gold award from the charity in 2019.
Sarah Critchley, Chief Executive of Babies in Buscot Support, said, “It has been an honour to be selected for a partnership with Blandy & Blandy, alongside our friends at the Royal Berks Charity. For a small charity like ours, this support has meant we have been able to weather the storms of a turbulent times and continue to provide lifesaving equipment for sick and premature babies, improved facilities and invest in improved emotional support for families whose babies are being cared for in Buscot Neonatal Unit.
Blandy & Blandy have involved us in their many and varied events, shared networking opportunities and championed our cause. It has been touching to meet several Blandy & Blandy staff who have personally benefitted from the work of our charity with their own babies, and to hear the difference we have made. We are incredibly grateful for all their funding and support.”
Jo Warrior, Charity Director at the Royal Berks Charity, added “Our partnership with Blandy & Blandy came at a pivotal moment for the NHS and their unwavering support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and extension of the partnership, meant that we could support our keyworkers and continue to provide the best possible care to our staff and patients.
Working with Blandy & Blandy has been more than just a financial gain for us, they are an engaging team and have supported us at events and by volunteering at the hospital, all whilst sharing their networks with us and treating as part of their extended team.”
How to apply
If your charity would like to be considered for Blandy & Blandy’s support from 1 July 2023, please contact email@example.com to request an application form.
The application deadline is 28 February 2023. Please note Blandy & Blandy is unable to consider applications from national charities or those receiving income from a national or parent charity and that any charities must be based within a fifteen-mile radius of the firm’s offices in Reading and Henley-on-Thames.