Legal generosity boosts The Christie charity
Press Release Posted 18 June 2012
Caroline Calverley and John Bremend
The Christie charity has received a generous
donation from Chafes Solicitors LLP after discovering a large sum
of money lying dormant in the legal firm's possession.
The donation of £10,400 was given to the charity by
Cheshire-based Chafes Solicitors following clearance from the
Solicitor Regulatory Authority (SRA).
In 2007, Chafes merged with another firm and the amount came
from the firm of a solicitor who died suddenly. Since then,
practice manager Caroline Calverley has tirelessly investigated to
establish whether the amount could be donated to charity. Caroline
comments on her firm's donation:
"We explored every possible way of ensuring the money was given
to the rightful owner, but our leads were exhausted and the money
didn't belong to anyone. After asking the SRA for advice, we were
finally given the green light to hand over the money to The
Christie, providing no one came forward to claim it."
"The Christie has touched many of our colleagues' lives so it
went without saying that we would choose it as a charity. We're
really glad that the money will make such a major impact on
Christie patients. We hope our donation will encourage other firms
in a similar position to do the same and place it with a worthwhile
John Bremend, legacy officer of The Christie charity, said:
"This donation is one of a kind and we are truly grateful that
Caroline and her team pursued the option of donating the dormant
funds to The Christie charity. We rely solely on the generous
donations of our supporters and funds we receive directly impact
our patients by developing our world-class cancer treatment,
research and education."
"The decision by Chafes Solicitors has shown what potential
there is with these sleeping funds."
Notes to editors:
- Chafes Solicitors has branches in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and
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