Law firm’s cash boost for charity’s school

Hayley Dale, left, and Asmah Baig, right, both from Bond Dickinson, present cheques to students from Hedleys College.

Hayley Dale, left, and Asmah Baig, right, both from Bond Dickinson, present cheques to students from Hedleys College.

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A school supporting disabled children has received a financial boost.

Newcastle law firm Bond Dickinson presented a cheque for £427 to the Percy Hedley Foundation to help towards the school’s social enterprise projects and purchase of specialist iMUSE technology.

The Foundation currently offers iMUSE – Interactive Multi-Sensory Environments – technology to disabled people at their day service in North Shields, but the charity hopes to bring it to more people in the community with the acquisition of portable equipment.

Staff at the law firm, which employs 500 people, raised money with raffles, dress-down days and bake-offs.

The firm has also supported work placements and supported students doing a Toolkit for employers.

Asmah Baig, community relations programme manager at Bond Dickinson, said: “A while ago we asked staff who they wanted to support through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme and they decided on Percy Hedley after reading and hearing about their work.

“We wanted to work with a charity that does serious things and really makes a difference and Percy Hedley certainly does this.

“I would like us to get even more involved with Percy Hedley and hopefully we will be able to provide valuable work experience opportunities in the future.

“I think we could learn a lot from the students. They are a joy to be around.”

Christine Shanks, Hedleys Employability Project Manager, said: “I’m amazed at the amount of support Bond Dickinson has given us. Our relationship has developed over the years and Asmah goes above and beyond in her role.

“She is passionate about bringing equality to life and fairness for all, which supports staff to be disability aware and confident.

“She makes it possible for students to see people working in a variety of different roles and this gives them a great insight to the working environment. It also gives staff a great opportunity to see the ability of disabled people.

“We would like to thank Asmah and everyone at Bond Dickinson for their wonderful support.”