Everton in the Community has received a charitable donation from award-winning Liverpool law firm MSB Solicitors to support veterans living in the Liverpool city region.
The donation, totalling £19,776.13, is being made by law firm Cheesman & Company. MSB Solicitors acquired Cheesman & Company in July 2018 and has since worked alongside Christian Cheeseman to donate the funds to Everton in the Community’s ‘Knowsley Veterans’ Hub’ project, a programme supporting ex-service personnel with the transition from military life to civilian life.
In line with MSB Solicitors’ values and its commitment to the local community, the firm wanted to use the funds raised to support charities within the Liverpool city region.
Everton in the Community’s ‘Knowsley Veterans’ Hub’ programme supports veterans and offers support, training and social activities to help improve the lives of them and their families. Once veterans return home from a life in the forces they often struggle to adjust and the stress of making the transition from such a structured, highly disciplined lifestyle to civilian life can lead to a host of interlinked problems.
Since its launch in February 2016, the Club’s official charity has supported more than 550 veterans as well as moved 10 veterans away from homelessness. The programme has also provided support to 60 ex-forces personnel currently in prison and employed 13 veterans as match-day stewards. The charitable donation from MSB Solicitors will ensure that Everton in the Community can further develop its programme to support more veterans in need across the city region.
Everton in the Community delivers more than 40 social programmes a year, tackling a range of issues that are most prevalent on the streets of Merseyside including unemployment, mental health, education, poverty, youth engagement and dementia.
Emma Carey, Managing Partner at MSB Solicitors, said: “As a firm, we are incredibly passionate about supporting charitable organisations in our city region in any way we can. Everton in the Community is a fantastic example of a charity which makes a huge difference to people’s lives each and every day. The support that they provide veterans and their families can be life-changing, which is why we are delighted to be able to make this donation, to help them continue to develop the charity’s programme.
“Support for members of the armed forces and their families is something that, as a business, we are dedicated to, as demonstrated by our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant which as seen us adapt our policies and procedures to align with the organisation’s values.
“I am so proud that we have been able to show our support for Everton in the Community in this way and hope that we can assist other organisations to make similar pledges to well deserving local charities.”
Michael Salla, Director of Health and Sport for Everton in the Community, added: “Thanks to the forward-thinking from MSB, this donation will provide important funding to sustain and grow our Knowsley Veterans’ Hub project. A large number of veterans will benefit greatly with numerous improved health outcomes, reduced social isolation and having a sense of belonging again.”
Established in 1988, MSB Solicitors is a forward-thinking firm with a commitment to first class service to clients and the ability to move with the times, providing a friendly and flexible approach in the provision of legal services.