Walker Morris supports Children’s Heart Surgery Fund premises move with pro bono advice

Children's Heart Surgery Fund opening of new offices with Dickie Bird Print news article

13/07/2018

Lawyers help Charity in move to improve its support to Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.

Walker Morris has provided pro bono advice and support to Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) to enable CHSF to move to a new city centre location near to the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI).

CHSF ambassador Dickie Bird OBE cut a very special ribbon to officially open CHSF’s new premises in Oxford Place, Leeds and celebrate CHSF’s 30th year anniversary.

Whilst the move represents the charity’s first premises outside the hospital, it will ensure they can better support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit in the years to come.

CHSF’s CEO Sharon Milner said:

“Thanks to the support of the local community for 30 years, we have outgrown our office space within the LGI and are excited to announce our new, stronger presence within the City.”

“The new office is just a few minutes’ walk from our old office at Brotherton Wing, and is already proving a more productive environment for staff, visitors and supporters alike.”

Having already given £30,000 of his own money to CHSF, ambassador Dickie Bird was excited to witness the new office space and said:

“The new building is brilliant, and I’m very pleased to see Children’s Heart Surgery Fund celebrate ‘30 not out’ and spread their wings in the City.”

“I’m sure that present and future patients with congenital heart disease, and their families, will benefit from the continued growth of this fantastic charity.”

Christina Gill, Chair of the Firm’s Charity Committee commented:

“The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund was voted overwhelmingly by our employees as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018.  As such it has been particularly pleasing to be able to support the charity with free legal advice for its premises move. Clare Wood, who is an Associate in our Real Estate team and also an active member of our charity committee, has been providing the advice and working closely with the Charity to build on our relationship.”

“Pro bono legal advice forms part of our wider Corporate Social Responsibility programme. As a major employer in Yorkshire we recognise the importance of creating a positive social impact by supporting the community and people where we work and live and actively caring for the environment in which we operate.”

Last year the Firm’s lawyers devoted over 657 hours of volunteering and pro bono work to corporate responsibility project and not for profit businesses/charities.

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