PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | SECTOR FOCUS
BLAKEMORE RECOGNISED WITH BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is celebrating after being crowned National Winners at the prestigious Responsible Business Awards 2019, run by Business in the Community.
The company’s schools volunteering programme, Branching Out, was named the overall winner in the Education Partnerships category at the Awards.
A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out programme inspires young people into the world of work by improving their employability skills and supporting the recruitment and development of future talent.
Branching Out works with young people across a range of employability interventions including enterprise events, practice interviews, CV writing workshops, study tours and mentoring sessions.
Since the programme was established in January 2017, 693 employee volunteers have donated almost 4,000 hours engaging with 3,312 students across 63 primary and secondary schools.
INTERNATIONAL EVENT DIARY
HIGGS & SONS ANNUAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ATTRACTS OVER 380 PLAYERS AND TOPS FUNDRAISING GOAL
More than 380 players representing a host of West Midlands businesses took to the pitch recently for the annual Higgs & Sons charity football tournament.
The much-anticipated day was hailed a huge success and raised an incredible £12,000 for the organisations being supported through the Higgs Charitable Foundation including Higgs’ charity of the year WINGS of Wombourne Special Needs Support Group.
The popular event saw 48 six-a-side teams battle it out for the title, with the team from Hexagon Commercial Property taking home the trophy after beating Butcher Woods in the final. Lambert Hampton Smith took the third-place slot.
Higgs & Sons’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme supports a range of projects throughout the region. As well as fundraising, Higgs colleagues also provide hands-on support to organisations, committing time and resources in support of the work they do within the Black Country and wider West Midlands.
THURSFIELDS OFFERS SUPPORT AFTER SURVEY REVEALS 72% OF SMALL CHARITIES LACK LEGACY FUNDRAISING SKILLS
Small charities should seek the support of experts to increase their incomes from legacy fundraising, according to Thursfields Solicitors.
The advice from the leading Midlands law firm comes after a new national survey highlighted major skills gaps at small charities.
The Foundation for Social Improvement’s Skills Survey 2018-19 revealed that 72% of small charities do not feel suitably skilled in legacy fundraising.
Katherine Ellis, a senior associate solicitor in Thursfields’ Birmingham office and one of the lead lawyers in the company’s Charity Law team, previously specialised in legacy law for a large national charity in London.
Ms Ellis explained that Thursfields can assist with legacy administration and management services, in-house staff training for charities’ legacy team employees or volunteers, and follow up support by phone, email or in-person through regular legal consultations.
She said: “We can help smaller charities who feel they need some guidance and support with developing and increasing legacy fundraising within their organisation.”