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As part of our commitment to the next generation of legal and IT talent, in 2014 we joined the Liverpool Youth Contract. The Youth Contract, an apprenticeship scheme organised by Liverpool City Council and NowSkills, offers young people on Merseyside, aged 16 and 17, who are not already in employment, education or training a chance to gain valuable experience within a workplace environment.
In 2012, Ruth Allanson and Jo Rowe, two of our Family Law solicitors’, abseiled down Leasowe Lighthouse on the Wirral, raising just under £900 for Action for Children.
To highlight Elder Abuse Day, in 2012 we held a cake-sale in our office with all the proceeds going to the charity Action on Elder Abuse and we raised £110.
For Elder Abuse Day 2013, the office was once again filled with cakes, this time our cake sale raised £180, which we again donated to Action on Elder Abuse.
Four members of staff, Ruth Allanson, Lisa Young, Sean Carty and Rebecca Finnigan, abseiled down Liverpool’s iconic Anglican Cathedral raising nearly £800 for After Adoption.
In June 2013, Canter Levin & Berg stepped in to save a luncheon club run by AGE UK Wirral after a withdrawal of council funding left it threatened with closure. Thanks to our generous donation, the luncheon club was saved and will be able to continue providing subsidised meals to elderly residents in and around Greasby.
We participated in the first Liverpool Legal Walk in September 2012 to raise much needed funds and awareness for The North West Legal Support Trust. The Trust is a charity which raises money to distribute to legal advice agencies throughout the North West, serving members of the community who are most in need. Funding cuts now threaten the closure of some of these services so it was our pleasure to help. To date we have raised just shy of £500.
In 2013, our staff again took to the streets around Liverpool City Centre on a longer 10km course. 7 members of staff made it to the finish in just under 2 hours.
On 26th February 2014, we lent our support and tastebuds to the Great Legal Bake again raising money for the North West Legal Support Trust. Staff members got baking and came up with some delicious cakes, muffins and cookies which were sold at our cake sale in the Liverpool office.
Throughout December 2012 we were involved in the Mission Christmas appeal run by the charity Cash for Kids. We opened Drop-Off Centres in our Liverpool and Kirkby offices where staff and members of the public could donate extra presents that would be collected and distributed to disadvantaged local children. Some of the staff got into festive costume to deliver the presents to Mission Christmas HQ at local radio station Radio City.
In December 2013 we once again showed our support for Radio City and Cash for Kids by again taking part in the Mission Christmas appeal. Members of the public and our staff generously donated lots of presents in the run up to Christmas which we took to the Mission Christmas HQ where they were distributed to local children.
On Friday 1st February 2013 our team supported Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital by wearing something red to work. The campaign, in conjunction with the USA Heart Truth Campaign, helps to raise funds to support women over the age of 18 suffering from heart disease.
As part of Red Nose Day 2013, we held a series of lunchtime challenges, a cake sale and invited members of staff to dress in red to mark the occasion. We raised over £320 from our activities, which went to the Red Nose Day fund, helping to transform lives here in the UK and in Africa.
As part of the 2013 Liverpool Literary Festival to celebrate the re-opening of Liverpool Central Library, Canter Levin & Berg organised a writing competition open to kids on Merseyside, with prizes for the best story from a Primary and a Secondary school pupil. We had lots of brilliant entries to the competition and our judges, Jade Wright from the Liverpool Echo newspaper and local writer Michelle Langan, had a tough time picking the two winning entries.
After much deliberation, our judges picked the winning stories 'The Secret Village', written by a pupil from St Paul's Catholic Junior School in west Derby and 'Mittens' by a pupil at Maricourt Catholic High School. In May, we held a prize giving at the newly re-opened library where the winning writers were presented with their prizes, and their winning schools received £200 of books each for their school libraries. At the prize giving actor Michael Starke and musician Ian Prowse gave readings of the winners' stories.
In September 2013 five of our Solicitors, Edwina Harkin, Ruth Allanson, Joanne Rowe, Krystal Lewis and Seán Carty tackled the Three Peaks Challenge.
Over the weekend of 14th and 15th September, the team scaled the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in a 24 hour challenge that saw them braving night-time climbing and some atrocious weather conditions along the way.
This impressive feat helped raise over £2,500 for local charity Listening Ear, allowing them to continue to provide their excellent counselling facilities for children and adults in North West England.
You can view the full gallery of pictures from our Three Peaks adventure on Facebook.
In August 2014, Paul McKittrick, Phil Scott and Mike Taylor took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, to raise money for local neurological injury charity, Neurosupport.
Paul, Phil and Mike received their drenching in front of all of the staff at our Liverpool office on 20th August.
You can view the full gallery of pictures from our 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook.
We took part in Global Scouse Day 2015, raising money for local homelessness charity The Whitechapel Centre. Our staff enjoyed scouse for their lunches on Friday 27th February, courtesy of our neighbours Thomas Rigby's pub. We raised £128 from our scouse sale.