Every year we select a charity to support. In 2019 this charity was Motor Neurone Disease association Scarborough and Bridlington group (MNDa), even though every year we try to raise as much as possible for our chosen local charity, 2019 was slightly different. Motor Neurone Disease is very close to our hearts, managing director Keith Murray’s dad passed away from this awful condition leaving the family’s world turned upside down. At the time they did not know where to turn or that anyone was out there to offer support, we wanted to raised awareness of MNDa as well as money for the local group throughout 2019 to help others.
MND is an awful condition, fatal, incurable and devastating. It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time and kills 6 people every day. The local group is run entirely by volunteers and provides a warm welcome and friendship, offering information, advice and support with regular meetings giving a chance to meet others in a similar situation who can share their experiences and knowledge. The group can also help with funding for specialist equipment and services and covers the Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby & Rydale areas.
We gave ourselves a target of £2,000 and set about achieving this by setting up a Just Giving page and various activities: –
On May the 4th members of the Murray Hills team headed to The Yacht Club on South Marine Drive close to the start of the famous Tour De Yorkshire cycle event, we had our own cycle, an exercise bike, along with tombola and special guests from Hull Kingston Rovers. Everything was set apart from the weather and it turned into the worst weather most of the team had ever seen. Rain, hail, snow and gale force winds battered us constantly but we stuck it out for 7 hours, cycling, tombola stall manning and raising awareness for MNDa. Unfortunately, due to the weather the crowds were few and far between leaving our buckets fuller of water than coins.
This didn’t put us off though as we arranged a Meet and Greet on 13th August, giving the people of Bridlington and surrounding area an opportunity to meet the local MNDa volunteers and find out more about what they do. As well as a chance to meet the volunteers and get free legal advice from the our team, Mighty Lancer Games (local hobby & gaming shop) put us in touch with their friend Pikachu who visited for the day, providing a great photo opportunity, hugs, high fives and raising funds with his MNDa bucket. Mighty Lancer’s young daughter (5) also added her own spin on the fundraising creating a pot dragon money box called Demiss, she placed Demiss on the counter and provided a dice in return of a donation to the charity. Demiss the Dice Dragon charmed the local gaming community and raised an impressive £305 for the charity.
Then on the 3rd November we went wild with our Go Wild for MNDa event. Local business Go Wild Animal Encounters volunteered their time to bring a marvellous array of exotic animals to the office for members of the public to meet and learn about. Again, the weather was not on our side but a great day was had by all and every penny raised went to the charity.
As well as the above events our training officer Caroline made a giant leap and took on the York 10k, being a non-runner to start with this certainly was a challenge but with hard work and determination Caroline triumphed beating her own expectations, raising money and awareness along the way.
As a Solicitors firm, charity work is not our primary forte, but with all the marvellous support from staff and local businesses for the events so far they couldn’t just stop there and the Charity Pet Calendar project was born. Local photographer Emma Addison volunteered her time, a competition was run on Facebook and after an overwhelming response 12 amazing pets were chosen, photographed by the skilled Emma and the calendar was created. Again, we called on our friends at Mighty Lancer Games to sell them online as an additional outlet and the calendars sold all across the country and even to America as people got onboard raising money and awareness for MNDa.
In between all the above activities name the teddy, guess the dice, auctions of signed merchandise, sponsored slim, festive wear day and a huge raffle were also held.
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved, all the local businesses that donated a raffle prize, everyone that came along to an event, purchased a calendar, put money in our buckets and all our wonderful staff for volunteering their time. In particular we would like to send a huge “Thank You” to Mighty Lancer Games of Bridlington, Emma Addison Photography and Go Wild Animal Encounters.
So how much did we raise for Motor Neurone Disease Association Scarborough & Bridlington Group?
A big well done to you all.
Should you wish to know more about MNDa see their website www.mndassociation.org
Shown pictured above
Jane Tye -Carers champion , Pat Worral -Association visitor and volunteers Keith Wagstaff, Jennifer Kelly, Clive Caygill, Diane Edwards, Derek Edwards and Jown Goodburn together with Murray Hills staff member Emma Long