DORSET and Somerset solicitors firm Humphries Kirk has selected Life Education Wessex as its charity of the year for 2014, making it the tenth year in a row.
The long-standing partnership began in 2004 when Felicity Hedger, former senior partner at Humphries Kirk, viewed a presentation by the charity at a local networking event. She was moved by a story she heard about a local new born baby who was exposed to illegal drugs and felt compelled to learn more about Life Education Wessex.
Felicity went on to become a trustee of the charity and continues to support its work. She said: "Children today are under increasing pressures and temptations to damage their health and futures through poor diets, unhealthy lifestyles, drugs, smoking and alcohol, which is why education in their developing years is so important. We hope that through our support we can raise even more awareness for this important cause."
Over the last decade the solicitors firm has sponsored the charity's mobile classrooms, hosting and attending fundraising events and sponsoring of The Big Quiz, the charity's largest annual event.
Lorraine Hewitt fundraising manager for Life Education Wessex, said: "We are delighted that Humphries Kirk selected us for the tenth year. We really value their support which has made such a positive difference to local children over the years. We are very excited to be working with Humphries Kirk on The Big Quiz night and with other fundraising activities in the coming year."
Life Education Wessex provides health and drug prevention education to 60,000 children across the Wessex region each year and is best known for its mascot Harold the giraffe and the life buses.