Wilson Browne are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility: acting as a responsible employer within the community and ensuring that we put something back.
Wilson Browne and Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal
Wilson Browne continues its relationship with the Crazy Hats Charity, supporting Breast Cancer care in Northamptonshire
In July 2017, Partner Ika Catska, gave her time and expertise pro bono to assist the charity in drawing up the terms and conditions of a holiday home for those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment needing a well deserved short break.
More recently the Founder of the local charity Glennis Hooper was invited by Ika Castka to be guest speaker at the Law Society awards. She spoke about her life and how a simple crazy idea became the charity reality, whilst trying on hats in Debenhams during Chemotherapy.
Glennis commented, ”I have been given a fantastic opportunity by Wilson Browne to speak at the Law Society Awards and it has given me a platform to talk about my charity in Northamptonshire to members of the legal society.”
Ika said “We, at Wilson Browne Solicitors, have witnessed first hand what an admirable job Glennis and the team do in raising essential funds for a great cause. We look forward to continuing our relationship in 2018 and supporting their fantastic work.
Over £1000 has been donated to the local Air Ambulance Service by Wilson Browne who chose the Charity to be their Charity of the Year 2017.
The money was raised through a number of fundraising events including cake sales and the ever popular quiz nights.
Pictured above presenting the cheque for £1172.50 are Partner Ika Částka, volunteers Malcolm Mees and John Hunter from the Air Ambulance Service and members of the Wilson Browne Charity Team; Chloe Doggett, Beth Kay and Katie Nightingale.
Wilson Browne Solicitors Receives Award from Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme
We are pleased to confirm that Wilson Browne Solicitors has received the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel, and recognises employers who support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.
For more information, please contact us.
Wilson Browne Solicitors support Local Charity, Homestart Kettering
Debbie Hope, Private Client Practitioner at Wilson Browne Solicitors (Kettering office) presented a cheque for £800 to Home-Start Kettering, a not for profit organisation delivering much needed services to families with young children in the Kettering and Corby area.
The donation was made via The Wilson Browne Kettering Community Fund, which is in turn managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Debbie Hope, Private Client Practitioner at Wilson Browne Solicitors comments: “As a local business with our roots firmly in the communities in which we operate, we aim to put something back in to those communities. This is just one of the many ways in which we do that.”
Nikki Farrar-Hayton, Manager at Home- Start Kettering said “A very big thank you to The Wilson Browne Solicitors community fund. Your generous award will enable us to train one new Volunteer and sponsor them throughout their family visiting for a full 12 months including ongoing training and supervision as well as their travel expenses.”
Naomi Butters, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Fund Development Manager adds: “We are pleased to manage the delivery of this fund which is a great benefit to community groups in the Kettering area and we hope it will spur other businesses on to supporting the Foundation.”
The Foundation has a wealth of knowledge of the need within the Northamptonshire and funds community-based action which improves the lives of the county’s most disadvantaged people and communities.
Kevin Rogers Guest Speaker at Academic Awards Evening
On Thursday 20th September 2017, Kevin Rogers was a guest speaker at Guilsborough School’s academic awards evening. Kevin is the assigned SEMLEP Enterprise Adviser to Guilsborough, a volunteer role where he aims to increase the engagement of local employers with students, to increase awareness of the world of work whilst inspiring students to succeed in their future careers. This is the third successive year that Kevin has been asked to work with the school. Mrs Enever-Jones Assistant Vice-Principal at the school commented “Kevin delivered an inspirational speech and we are extremely grateful to him for giving us his time”. Pictured is Kevin Rogers with Head Boys and Head girls.
Guilsborough business students benefit from Chloe’s experience
Chloe Doggett visited a class of year 10 pupils studying business at Guilsborough Multi Academy Trust in October. She spent time talking about her role as a trainee solicitor within Wilson Browne and informed the class of what her day can include.
Chloe also spoke about topics the class had been studying such as discrimination, the Equality Act and contracts of employment. Pupils then gave Chloe some role play presentations of their own work and she in turn provided feedback to them. The day was finished off with a question and answer session.
Guilsborough Academy pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and the teachers added the class had benefitted greatly from the insight and examples given for the job role of a solicitor. The picture above is an extract from the Guilsborough School newsletter.
Wilson Browne & Northamptonshire Community Foundation
We have teamed up with the Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) to create a new fund for community groups in Kettering . NCF has a wealth of knowledge of the need within Northamptonshire and funds community-based action which improves the lives of the county’s most disadvantaged people and communities. Recently this included donating to Youth Works CIC.
Neelam Maher, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors (Kettering office) presented a cheque for £1,000 to Youth Works Corby and Kettering CIC, a not for profit organisation delivering much needed services to young people and their families in the Kettering and Corby area.
Every Child Deserves An Education
Wilson Browne Solicitors have joined forces with Northampton Trustee Fund and pledged to sponsor a classroom in Penyem, Gambia for the next 3 years.
Close to 100 children are sponsored, not just to go to school, but for uniforms, social & health care.
Huge amounts of educational materials are provided by the charity and in addition the school now boasts a two classroom extension which was opened in 2012. Along with providing schooling, the Trust has helped deliver such basic amenities as a new toilet block, which was constructed with eight children’s toilets plus a staff shower and toilet annex. Read more here
Pro bono – Free help and advice for charitable organisations.
Wilson Browne has been involved in the Pro-Help scheme for many years now, which gives not-for-profit organisations access to legal advice at no cost. As a region, Pro-Help member firms supported 192 community organisations last year, across the East Midlands, giving over 2000 hours to a value of £240,000. Wilson Browne are pleased to continue to support Pro-Help.
Victoria Centre, Wellingborough
As a registered charity like so many others our funding and resources are tight. Having the opportunity to use ProHelp has meant that the centre has a lease renewal for another 25 years, providing us with stability…Wilson Browne, Kettering did an amazing job, their communication was first rate and clear and concise at all times.
Local sports club
Once again, I’d like to thank you and Wilson Browne for the help and advice they provided. Nina took a lot of time to explain the various options the Club could have taken on its constitution and we are very grateful. Without the assistance we received from Pro help, this important document wouldn’t have been completed with such priority. Many thanks once again and we hope to work with you again in the future.
From 20th Corby Scout Group:
Wilson Browne have been fantastic in their role to help us secure the lease on our own meeting hall. This has secured our long term existence.
Big About Singing is a community choir, based in Corby that offers the teaching of new vocal skills and building of vocal talent in a fun and relaxed environment. We helped with the development of a formal bespoke constitution.
Wilson Browne was lovely and really helped with the constitution, which we will use when applying for funding.
KCU in Kettering provide education & support for the unwaged and others on low income
I have found Wilson Browne to be very professional, responsive and supportive. It would have been difficult to achieve our objectives without their help and, for this, KCU and the hundreds of people we support, are extremely grateful.
Wilson Browne supports a number of other causes including: Jeans for Genes, Wear it Pink and Movember. In previous years our corporate charity programme has also supported charities such as MacMillan Nurses, The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and The Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Samaritan’s Purse UK is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to support those in need, in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Our contribution, was as a Drop Off Point which helped with the collection of shoebox gifts. Across the UK 918,000 boxes were donated and globally Samaritan’s Purse sent nearly 10 million shoeboxes to 112 countries.
We are supporters of The Big Orange Stomp, Spurgeons’ annual fundraising day to help change the lives of vulnerable children throughout the UK. We made our own contribution to helping stamp out poverty by being one of the joint highest donors.
We were also happy to sponsor the intrepid team from Spurgeons when they did a sponsored parachute jump.
I and my fellow jumpers were really pleased to see you kind donation. Brilliant – very generous!! Very many thanks to you and all at Wilson Browne, we are very appreciative.
Ken Owst, Director of Finance & Corporate Services/Company Secretary
Pride of Northamptonshire Awards
We are delighted to be supporters of the Evening Telegraph’s annual Pride in Northamptonshire Awards which recognises some of those that have done Northamptonshire proud. To see a full size copy, please click on the thumbnail.
We are proud to support Sport Relief which brings the entire nation together to get active, have fun and raise life-changing cash which is spent by Comic Relief, to change lives at home and abroad.
The Wilson Browne Youth League covers the clubs in the Kettering & Corby District with leagues for Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. As long time sponsors, we were pleased to attend the annual awards, attended by Ika Částka who has supported the league for some time, in no small part due to her professional and personal interest owing to a family love and participation in the game – both of her sons have played in the League.
As a local employer, we have always made it our aim to put something back in the community and that includes supporting numerous local sports grounds, clubs and various leagues.
Whether supporting under-privelidged children in the Gambia, being a main sposor for the Pride In Northamptonshire Awards and similar, or simply lending support to local activities, it always give me great pleasure and pride that Wilson Browne Solicitors is able to help.
We are proud of our involvement in our local communities. We have Treasurers, Committee Members, Governors and other roles at many local sports clubs and educational establishments such as pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, churches and other organisations. Many of our lawyers are actively involved with Rotary Clubs across the East Midlands, where we raise money for local and national charities.