Our Corporate Social Responsibility
We are delighted to play an important role in the communities where we live and work. We do that by giving some free legal advice to small charities, encouraging our staff to volunteer and by raising money for good causes through our charitable trust. We also take our environmental responsibility seriously. Sometimes called corporate social responsibility - to us, all this is a natural outworking of our place in the community.
Pro Bono Advice and Help for Small Charities
We are great supporters of small charities, offering free legal advice in many cases and also making grants. We are an active member of ProHelp and other free advice initiatives, as well as having our own scheme offering advice for free or a low fixed cost. Supporting small charities to overcome challenges and unlock their potential is all part of our commitment to ensuring we serve the whole charities sector and support our communities. To find out more, please contact us.
Hewitsons in the Community
Many of our staff volunteer for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations. We also encourage fundraising for charities and together we have raised a huge amount of money over the years for much needed charitable projects. In February 2021 we raised over £2,000 to help fund the provision of IT devices for schools in each of Hewitsons four office regions, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, London & Northampton.
Hewitsons Charitable Trust and Chariots of Fire
Together with our charitable trust we organise the annual Chariots of Fire event in Cambridge which raises over £50,000 every year for one or two charities which are selected as the year’s recipients. Through this we have now raised over £1million for charities! The ever popular event includes around 2,500 runners - both athletes and amblers - competing alongside each other over a short but inspiring course. Please see the separate Chariots of Fire website here.
We support the work of the Community Foundations which are local to many of our offices: Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Northamptonshire Community Foundation. Community Foundations are charities which provide an excellent way in which the generosity and need of an area are brought together, enabling individuals and businesses who want to give to be guided and matched up with charities and community groups in need of funding. We are a corporate supporter of each of these Community Foundations and also seek to support them in other ways.
We are fully committed to operating our business in a way which has as little detrimental impact on the environment as possible. Our procurement, IT management, energy consumption and waste management are all managed to achieve this. Many of our clients including conservation charities and green tech businesses have excellent practices in this area and we aim to complement these.
Launched in 1992, Chariots of Fire is Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity relay race organised and managed by Hewitsons Charitable Trust. An official charity is chosen each year and thousands take part every September to run in teams of six over 1.7 miles to raise money for charity.
Brave colleagues take on the two day Tour de Hewitsons challenge cycling 150 miles to all our 4 offices from London to Cambridge, Milton Keynes to Northampton to raise money for charity.
Over the last few years Tour de Hewitsons has raised money for Veterans Aid and Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses service.
The firm annually participates in Cycle 4 Cynthia and is delighted to be involved with C4C for over the past nine years seeing many colleagues take on the 5, 25 and 50 mile route raising money in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
The firm is once again sponsoring a pit-stop at Cycle 4 Cynthia this year. Colleagues man an area on route during Cycle 4 Cynthia and provide thousands of cyclists with drinks and snacks to keep there energy levels up so participants can finish the challenge.
Colleagues from each of our offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton
take part in the annual Legal Walks to raise money for the Midland, Eastern and London Legal support trust, the support trust helps to facilitate access to justice for the poorest, most vulnerable and most disadvantaged members of society. Hewitsons is also a sponsor of the Northampton Legal Walk and hosts the finale of the walk at our office Elgin House in Northampton.
Colleagues have taken part in the Three Peaks Challenge in which it saw 11 members from Hewitsons raise money for Dementia UK. The challenge saw our team climb the UK’s three tallest mountains for charity. The gruelling task involves scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales as well as walking a total of 23 miles and ascent of 3,064 metres as well as driving 465 miles between the three.
A number of colleagues from the firm have taken part in the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Race. The event is held annually at Willen Lake in MK each summer and sees 60 crews compete to win over a 200m race course. In previous years money has been raised for Age UK Milton Keynes.
For the last few years the firm has sponsored the 6th mile at the Milton Keynes Midnight Moo Walk. This annual midnight walk sees 1,200 people walk for six miles in aid of Willen Hospice a charity which offers specialist care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses. As one of the main sponsors we have previously provided a silent disco and a glow stick bracelet at the start of our marker for participants to enjoy themselves by dancing there way through the night. Other years we have also provided branded cookies to all the participants.
The firm supports a number of charities by raising money from bake sales. Hewitsons staff have kindly spent there time baking on a number of occasions for a good causes in aid of Alzheimers Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Hewitsons is a Gold Corporate member of The Wildlife Trust. Being a member has helped to buy and care for nature reserves like Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits, defend special wildlife places from threats as well as advise and help others to look after their land to increase the numbers of birds, flowers and insects.
A number of colleagues from the firm have taken part over the past few years in the Cambourne 10K Business Challenge. The Cambridge run raises money for small – medium charities. During the last few years we have raised money for The Wildlife Trust and Maggies Wallace Charity.
The firm held its first Winter Coats Collection in December 2017 in which we helped two charities in Northamptonshire. Clients from Northampton and staff from each of our Hewitsons offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton generously donated hundreds of unwanted coats to The Hope Centre a charity that provides practical support, such as food and clothing, to people in extreme poverty. We also provided Home-Start one of the leading family support charities in the UK by donating outgrown children’s coats.
Each December the firm wears its wackiest festive jumpers to raise money for Save the Children, a charity which helps bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to millions of children around the world. All our offices join in the festive fun to raise money for this wonderful charity.
The Hewitsons annual quiz evening, hosted by our London office on Fetter Lane, sees over 100 clients and contacts from the city battle it out in teams of four to win the coveted Quiz Trophy. As part of the evening Hewitsons hosts a charitable raffle for a selected charity, which has seen hundreds of pounds raised for the likes of Whizz Kids and Veteran’s Aid.
Hewitsons is a worktree sponsor volunteering hours outside of work for the charity’s career workout sessions. Many of the firms Solicitors volunteer their time to visit schools and lead one hour sessions with groups of students discussing aspirations, employment skills and career options.