Press Release: 10 July 2006
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME....THANKS TO LOCAL FIRMS
The generosity of Bristol businesses has been praised at an event held by Emmaus - an international organisation that offers homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their self-respect in a supportive community environment. President of Emmaus UK, Terry Waite CBE, joined the celebration which gave particular thanks to commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP, and Temple Quay developer Castlemore Securities Ltd. for their continued support, and help in raising over £60,000 within the last three years.
Speaking at the event, Simon Hodson, national senior partner of Beachcroft LLP said: "I strongly believe that businesses have a duty to support the communities in which they operate. Supporting Emmaus was a natural choice for Beachcroft employees, not only because of its tremendous work, but because it's a national organisation with a community in each city where we have an office, ensuring everyone at the firm can get involved in this worthwhile cause."
Terry Waite praised the success of Emmaus Bristol and how local donations have enabled it to support new communities not only in Britain, but across the world; the organisation has recently supported an operation in Mozambique to help persuade child fighters to give up their weapons and lead normal childhoods.
Emmaus is based on the principle of helping to build self-supporting communities who live and work together. . Emmaus Bristol became the tenth Emmaus Community in the UK when Terry Waite opened Shaftesbury House in September 2003. Its strap line is "a bed to sleep in.... and a reason to get out of it". Typical work projects in Bristol involve furniture restoration sold cheaply to formerly homeless people setting up home.
For further information about EMMAUS, please visit www.emmaus.org.uk. For more information about Beachcroft LLP, please visit www.beachcroft.co.uk
For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
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Tel: 01625 506444
Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.
The firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.
The Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.
For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk