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    18 January
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Shakespeare Martineau raises money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s new Rare Diseases Centre

Following Shakespeare Martineau’s 12 days of Christmas social campaign and Christmas card design competition, the firm has raised £1,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Staff from across the firm got behind the charity by not only donating money but keeping active throughout the festive season. For the last six months, employees have been using step monitoring devices to walk to Rio and to Delhi as part of their health and wellness challenge; Walk to the Gold Coast, and December saw the team following Father Christmas across the globe via a series of videos.

In addition to introducing a charity element to its wellness initiative, the firm introduced a Christmas card design competition with the winning child’s design picked by firm ambassador and Olympic hockey gold medallist, Alex Danson. The Christmas card design was then produced as the firm’s 2016 Christmas card.

Shakespeare Martineau has matched the donations from all those who have donated, with all proceeds going towards the charity’s £3.65 million Star Appeal which is raising funds to open the UK’s first Rare Diseases Centre for children.

John Rice, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Being able to combine our wellness programme with fundraising for such an important cause has been hugely rewarding. The work that Birmingham Children’s Hospital does is something that is close to many of our hearts at the firm and being able to contribute in some way to the first-of-its-kind rare diseases centre is really special.”

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Shakespeare Martineau for supporting our Star Appeal and thanks to their fantastic donation we are now one step closer to making our patients’ dreams a reality.

“Our new centre will be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together a team of experts, under one roof, from all the different specialities across our hospital who will work collectively to provide coordinated care for our children and young people affected by rare diseases.”

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Star Appeal to create the UK's first Rare Diseases Centre for children visit their website or text STAR to 70800 to donate £5.

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau