Law firm Penningtons Manches has launched the Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation, to support vulnerable people, education projects and general charitable purposes, and give a focus and structure to its charitable work.
The Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation will prioritise a core project every year with the first being human trafficking and modern slavery. Over the next 12 months, the foundation will partner with The Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU), Caritas Bakhita House, Helen Bamber Foundation, Human Trafficking Foundation, St. Mungo’s, and The Passage.
In addition to financial assistance, the foundation will offer pro bono and voluntary activity, which is actively encouraged across the law firm. Alongside the central programme, the foundation will also initiatives that have a positive impact on the communities in which the firm’s partners and staff live and work. Each UK office committee (in London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading) will annually select a number of local projects and charities whose activities complement the main objectives of the foundation.
The foundation is funded by donations from partners and staff of Penningtons Manches, as well as from clients, contacts and other friends of the firm. A group of seven trustees from within the firm, chaired by family partner Gillian Rivers, will oversee activities.
Gillian Rivers, chair of the Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation, said:
“We are so delighted to launch the foundation following many months of planning. We are honoured to be supporting six fantastic organisations and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to their work.”
The launch took place on 9th March, attended by almost 200 guests, and with the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE and journalist and broadcaster Julie Etchingham both speaking at the event.
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