Flint Bishop Solicitors are delighted to support the YMCA Sleep Easy 2016 event being held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Friday 4th March.
The YMCA Sleep Easy event is a fundraising initiative challenging members of the public to “sleep rough so others don’t have to”. The event sees members of the public sleep outside in a cardboard box for the evening, in sub-zero temperatures.
The event takes place across the UK. During 2014 and 2015 the event raised a staggering £79,000 for the cause.
Many of the people that go to the YMCA are suffering from homelessness, relationship breakdowns, neglect, mental health, learning difficulties, substance abuse and exploitation.
Four members of staff from Flint Bishop Solicitors have signed up to take part – Sian Williams and Laura Evans, who are both Employment Law Associates, as well as Legal Secretary, Ellie Stenson and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Jo Robinson who are both from the Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate department.
Jo Robinson has been very close to the charity from an early age, having left home at the age of 15 where she then moved into the YMCA on London Road, aged just 16.
Jo Robinson comments “The staff at the YMCA really supported me during a very difficult time in my life. It is because of them and my own determination that I went back to college to re-sit my GCSEs and slowly began to turn my life around. I am now an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive working in one of the region’s largest law firms.
I am happily married with two children (one of which has just accepted a place at Oxford University to study Law) and two step children. I will always remember the support I received from the YMCA, they helped me to find my way forward.
I am looking forward to Friday’s sleep out as it’s a great opportunity to give something back to the YMCA and to share my story.”
Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner comments “I’m very proud that four colleagues have taken up the challenge of sleeping outside to raise money for local charity YMCA Derbyshire and wish Jo, Ellie, Sian and Laura all the very best.”
For more information on the event and to donate, please visit www.flintbishop.co.uk/sleep-easy-2016