Leading law firm the Jackson Lees Group has been working with Everton in the Community for 18 months, supporting a number of its programmes as well as raising funds for the charity. The 2016/17 season saw the organisation sponsor the charity’s Youth Zone programme, offering young people aged between seven and 19 in our local community the chance to play and develop in a safe and nurturing environment.
This season employees from the Jackson Lees Group are focusing on supporting Everton in the Community’s fundraising events and in 17 November colleagues took part in the Goodison Sleepout raising nearly £4,000 for the Club’s official charity.
After initially setting themselves a fundraising target of £2,500, the determined team – including four board members – took on a host of fundraising initiatives to raise money. A few days prior to the Sleepout a football tournament was organised by the Group who invited eight teams from local businesses held at Cruyff Court, Everton.
The firms’ continued support of Everton in the Community supplements the work they do through the Jackson Lees Foundation, falling within their social commitment pillar.
Amanda Chatterton, EitC Community Business Development Manager, said: “Jackson Lees is a valuable supporter of the charity, allowing us to continue our life changing work and we are so grateful to the team. It’s great to see such passion, enthusiasm and commitment from Jackson Lees from right across the organisation and we would like to thank them for all their efforts on smashing their fundraising target to help young people on the brink of homelessness.”
Brian Cullen, Chief Executive at Jackson Lees Group, added: “I’m proud of our team for taking part and for the generous support we have received. For one night we had a small glimpse into the reality of being homeless – it makes you realise just how fortunate you are to have security and somewhere to call home. The number of people who find themselves sleeping rough in the North West is increasing, it is not an issue we can ignore. Everton in the Community are doing some fantastic work and we know that the efforts of everyone will make a difference.”