A day in the life of … Cripps’ Charity Committee Treasurer
This week, our Cripps’ Trainee Solicitor Blog team spoke with Charity Committee Treasurer, Mollie Ferguson. Read on to find out more …
Fundraising for charity is an integral part of Cripps life, and trainees take the lead in organising and participating in events to raise as much as possible. In 2016, we raised a whopping £16,000 for our Charity of the Year, Alzheimer’s Society, with Teenage Cancer Trust being this year’s charity.
A few weeks after starting my training contract, I volunteered to be the Treasurer of the Charity Committee, a role I undertook until the end of my first seat in March 2017. The role involves keeping a spreadsheet of all the money raised and expenses out, and updating everyone at our monthly meetings as to the total amount raised to date. Money collected from each event came to me to be counted; I would then take it to Finance to be recounted to ensure the accuracy of the number recorded on the books.
2016 saw a number of events held, with one of the highlights being the Get Cripps to Rio Challenge. This event involved members of the firm walking, running and cycling 5,767 miles – the distance from Tunbridge Wells to Rio de Janeiro. Incorporated within the challenge was the second consecutive year of the Tour de Cripps bike ride, where 14 staff cycled a 55-mile route taking them between Cripps’ offices in London, Kings Hill and Tunbridge Wells. Cripps was recognised for its creativity and success for this event at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016, earning a silver award in the Team Initiative of the Year!
Other events I was involved in included a “Bounce Event” where staff members bounced as many times as they could on a Cripps branded space hopper in one minute; a Christmas ‘bake-off’; and monthly Dress Down Days, where the dress code is relaxed on the last Friday of the month. In addition, every week another trainee (Lucy) and I auctioned off the flowers displayed in reception (at the end of the working week), with the lucky highest bidder getting to take the gorgeous bouquets home. Cripps’ staff are really generous and events hosted are always well received.
Raising money for charity is important, but also feels really good; the trainees and other members of staff get to spend time doing fun or silly things while raising phenomenal amounts of money for great causes. A win-win situation!