As the official charity of QualitySolicitors, Barnardo’s changes the lives of vulnerable children across the UK!

In its 150th anniversary year, Barnardo’s has invited all QualitySolicitors member firms to participate in its ‘Bucket List’ Challenge - in the spirit of choosing something you’ve always wanted to do before you die (a Will is certainly one of the things you should do – so watch out for the Will Campaign later in the year!)

We've just completed a QSBRR Triathlon (blame our Wills Lawyer Victoria!) because, in this Olympic year, it covered the 3 disciplines of running, cycling and swimming and represented a major achievement - that helped to keep us fit and healthy at the same time.

'Team QSBRR' comprised Partner and Head of the Employment Law and Personal Injury Departments, Ian Horner, Associate Solicitor, Victoria Norman and Legal Assistant Shahnaz Begum from the Wills & Probate Department, Assistant Practice Manager, Clare Appleyard and Marketing Manager, Debbie Connolly, who all donned Barnardo's t shirts and unforgiving Lycra to motivate them!

Unfortunately, as we all know, technology doesn't always play ball and on this occasion, we were unable to secure our JustGiving page so that donations could be made online.  But you can't keep a good team down - so the printed forms came out and we invited everyone we knew to dig deep.  Consequently we're extremely proud to have raised a total of £238.98 from cash donations by our generous colleagues, family and friends - a huge thank you to everyone who supported us and this important cause!

You can still check out the hilarious promotional 'Pulp Fiction-style' video from the Barnardo's and QualitySolicitors team - we think they've missed their calling!

BARNARDO'S IN THE NEWS

To find out just how important donations are, why not read some of the charity's news stories below which highlight the vital work they do...

The Guardian

Javed Khan writes that high-profile cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But that’s not the case.  Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report, It’s not on the radar, means some frontline workers may be missing children and young people affected by CSE.

Wired Gov

Education Secretary unveils new £200 million investment to overhaul services for the most vulnerable children and young people.  The incudes £1 million for Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association to back a special outreach scheme for girls and young women at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Also Nursery World

FM World

The Secretary of State for Justice has announced an extension to G4S Children's Services' agreement to manage Medway Secure Training Centre rather than transfer to a new contract. A range of agencies has visited and inspected Medway, including an Ofsted team and the Children’s Commissioner, and Youth Justice Board (YJB) monitors and children’s charity Barnardo’s have also increased their monitoring and advocacy services.

You can also visit: 

Our Barnardo's page to find more archived articles, our Associate Solicitor for Wills, Victoria Norman's podcast and information about the QualitySolicitors Barnardo's Will Scheme.

Barnardo's website for more information about how to get involved with the charity.