6th November 2018
Walker Morris is delighted to announce Sunshine & Smiles as its 2018/2019 Charity of the Year. The Firm began the year of fundraising with its annual Halloween bake sale and dress down day which raised a total of £375.96 for the charity.
Sunshine & Smiles is a Leeds-based charity that provides a support network for children and young people who have Down syndrome and their families. The charity offers speech and language therapy, regular groups and activities, individual support and advocacy for families, as well as raising awareness and challenging preconceptions in the wider community.
For this year’s Charity of the Year, Walker Morris will be organising and taking part in various events and activities over the next 12 months to raise as many funds as possible for Sunshine & Smiles including the Leeds Abbey Dash and a Christmas advent raffle. Last year the Firm raised £17,462.84 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund which supports children and adults born with congenital heart disease across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
As a responsible employer it is important for Walker Morris to make a positive social impact by supporting the wider community where its employees live and work. Each year the Firm’s employees are invited to nominate local charities that have either impacted directly on their lives or that they passionately support. The nominated charities are then considered for a shortlist which all employees have the opportunity to vote on. The chosen charity receives all the money raised from the fundraising activities and events that take place throughout the course of the year.
Louise Power from Walker Morris’ Charity Committee explained:
“We are pleased to announce Sunshine & Smiles as our Charity of the Year for 2018/2018. As a firm, we are delighted to be able to work so closely with a charity that makes such a positive contribution to the local community. We already have a whole programme of fundraising activities planned to raise awareness and much needed funding for this fantastic cause.
“Sunshine & Smiles is a charity that is close to our hearts due to the invaluable support they have provided to one of our employees after her daughter was born with Down syndrome. The specialist support and advice that Sunshine & Smiles offers makes such a huge difference to many children and their families across Leeds and the surrounding areas.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Sunshine & Smiles over the next 12 months and raise funds to help them to continue to provide support and activities for children and young people with Down syndrome and their families.”
To sponsor the Walker Morris Team please visit Sunshine & Smiles fundraising page.
To find out more about Sunshine & Smiles, please visit www.sunshineandsmiles.org.uk