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Local solicitors donate festive fund to charities

Regional law firm, Porter Dodson, would normally host Christmas drinks for all their offices in December, but like many others, were unable to celebrate Christmas in their usual way so instead decided to donate £6,000 to local charities.

Porter Dodson has chosen charities which have been hard hit this year, with their fundraising events being cancelled and for many, their services being needed more than ever.

Benefiting from the firm’s generosity are:

  • The Pilsdon Community, Bridport
  • The Portland Foodbank
  • Julia’s House
  • Sherborne Primary School food drive
  • Open Door, Taunton
  • The Trussell Trust, Wellington Foodbank
  • The Yeovil Community Meals Service
  • The Lords Larder

Richard Baker, Head of the Family Team and CSR Partner, said: “Being able to reach out into the community at these challenging times means a lot to the Firm and we are delighted to support those in need over the festive season.  Putting others first is at the heart of what we do, and we want to make sure, as far as we are able, that no one goes without over Christmas.  Everyone should have a roof over their head and food on their table every day and we know that this year has been very challenging for many people.”

Rob Fox, Managing Partner, added “By working together, we can help end poverty. Our office heads chose these charities because they are at the heart of the communities where we have offices.  All but one provides food and shelter, with Julia’s House playing an invaluable role in the lives of families at a very difficult time, made even more difficult by COVID-19.”

Russell Lee, Trustee at The Yeovil Community Meals Service, thanked the company and added: “We are so pleased that you have been able to support this very important service. This year Penny and the team will also be providing meals on all days over the festive period except Christmas day. We have previously taken a break for all the bank holidays but feel that we need to keep people fed during this lockdown period.”

To find out how you can donate, please visit each charity’s website.

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