In the run up to Easter, Woodfines’ team of trainee solicitors led a drive for donations of chocolate eggs to donate to sick children due to spend their Easter weekends on wards across Milton Keynes Hospital.
In total, 203 Easter eggs were donated by friends, family and colleagues of the law firm, with over 60 kindly donated by Millbrook Proving Ground for the cause.
We asked trainee solicitor, Alev Hassan-Rashat, what had inspired them to support the hospital…
“What made you want to do an egg-drive for Milton Keynes Hospital?”
Alev: “We wanted to do something specifically for children who are unwell, and thought that they might enjoy eating a chocolate treat over the Easter period, if they were allowed to do so. We recognised that when a child is seriously ill, it can impact the whole family in a number of different ways – maybe even financially, so their first thought might not be buying Easter eggs, and we hoped that we could help to ease that pressure.”
“Why did you want to support this hospital?”
Alev: “We know this unit in particular does fantastic work for children and the Hospital’s charity is great at supporting the local community. We also learned at a networking event that the children’s ward had recently had their iPads stolen, and although these were kindly replaced with donations, we hoped that our Easter egg donations might also help to ease the upset of that incident.”
“Does being involved in supporting charities help you with your solicitor training?”
Alev: “I think it’s great to organise these kinds of activities as a trainee. It can teach you a variety of skills, such as leadership and teambuilding, and we all played a part to ensure the egg-drive went smoothly. For example, I wrote a blog post for the firm’s website, Lily [Burton] created a poster, and we all worked hard to spread the word amongst our colleagues, friends and family. Most importantly, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve helped others.”