CWU Humanitarian Aid Convoy 2014


This year Rebecca Shenton, from our Family Law team got the opportunity to participate in the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) Convoy. The convoy this year was to Romania and Bulgaria and set off on the 5th September 2014 from Hull and returning on the 19th September 2014. Rebecca kept a blog whilst travelling, which we'll publish over a series of instalments, this being the first.

The CWUHA Convoy gets ready to roll out

"Victoria Pope from Fairpoint PLC and I were selected this year to drive our vehicle on the convoy that Simpson Millar LLP support every year. I am a Children and Family Solicitor in the Leeds Family Department and Victoria is a Test Analyst.

Our selection was a result of applications which only opened at the end of June, with Victoria and me being informed on the 9th July that we were to take part. So it was all systems go!

My first observation is that I was lucky to have several colleagues who have travelled on previous convoys to speak with about what to expect when I was applying. Also they gave me invaluable support once I was selected in getting myself sorted and up and running with raising funds.

I have to say both Simpson Millar LLP and Fairpoint PLC were in a privileged position as we both have strong fundraising teams who raise money all year. Simpson Millar LLP in particular raises money for the CWUHA all year round.

The team gets together for their fundraising mission

Nonetheless we set about having fundraising weeks, including bake sales and dress down Fridays. I started drumming up support through 'JustGiving' and asking for donations.

As you all may be aware the current craze for loom bracelets were a big hit and other members from the convoy had got behind this, and thanks to our staff we left with over 1000 bracelets! Everyone we spoke to were excited about this idea.

Thank you for your support with this. I feel this worked as it gave children in the UK the chance to make or contribute something directly to a child who may be less fortunate than them. It stirred their interest and that of their parents, to feel that they were doing something worthwhile and therefore everyone could get involved!"

Be sure to check out Part 2 of Rebecca's journey.

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