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Gardner Leader goes that extra mile for Swings & Smiles

From climbing Kilimanjaro to holding a Beard-Athon, the team at award winning solicitors, Gardner Leader, have been busy fundraising over the last 12 months, raising an impressive £7,166 for Berkshire charity, Swings & Smiles.

For the last year, Swings & Smiles has been the solicitors’ charity of choice, a local charity providing support, friendship and a place to play for children with special needs and their families. Staff from the law firm’s Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead offices have been busy volunteering by gardening the charity’s grounds to helping out at carol concerts, as well as organising various fundraising activities.

Fundraising events have included a ‘Wellbeing Beard-Athon’ where six staff, including partners, stopped shaving for a month, a Summer Party attracting over 100 guests including families of staff, a ‘Bike Off, Bake off’ event where staff rode over 150 miles on stationary bikes raising over £650, a Jamberry Nails session, and various dress down days, quizzes and raffles.

The Inheritance Protection Team ran a Will Week in the Spring, donating its fees to the charity, and the Head of the team and partner, Jolyon Barton, spent six days climbingKilimanjaro 5895m to the Uhuru Peak, raising £1,115.

Sian Cook, Founder and Chair of Swings & Smiles said: “Gardner Leader has supported us greatly over the year. We have been overwhelmed by how all the staff have got behind our charity in raising this huge sum of money in such a variety of ways. Their commitment and support has meant so much to us and the money will enable us to continue to provide our invaluable services supporting families with special needs children.”

Derek Rodgers, Managing Partner at Gardner Leader added: “It’s been a pleasure working with Swings & Smiles, raising money over the last 12 months to help the charity continue to provide such vital support locally. The team have had fun along the way, and I want to particularly congratulate Jo Barton on his incredible feat climbing Kilimanjaro.

“We look forward to repeating the same success with our new chosen Charity of the Year which staff have voted to be Pancreatic Cancer UK.”