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Leeds domestic violence charity gets £20,000 funding boost from Bevan Brittan’s Yorkshire office

A Leeds charity which has supported vulnerable women and victims of domestic violence for half a century is to get a £20,000 funding boost courtesy of national law firm Bevan Brittan’s latest community contribution. Leeds Women’s Aid (LWA), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will receive the money from the law firm’s Yorkshire office in a year in which the business has again increased the amount it donates to local charities across the country in recognition of the current economic climate.

The good cause was nominated by Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office and, in addition to this donation, they have also been undertaking other fundraising activities to support the charity. These have included a team of colleagues tackling the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k in October and a World Cup sweepstake.

Nationally, Bevan Brittan is donating £80,000 to four charities chosen by its regional offices this Christmas – the highest amount it has ever donated.

Julie Cowan-Clark, Partner and Community Engagement lead in Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office, said the donations reflected the firm’s commitment to making a contribution to the business and local communities that it works within.

“Our responsible business programme places us at the heart of the communities in which we work and we take that very seriously,” she said.

“Leeds Women’s Aid reaching the half-century landmark shows the vital importance of their services for vulnerable women in the local area and we’re pleased to be able to make this contribution.

“This is a cause that we are proud to support and we recognise that charities will also face additional challenges in the current economic environment. Therefore, we hope this will be a welcome boost at a time when all charities and voluntary organisations need it most.”

Samantha Lightfoot, Fundraising and Marketing Director at Leeds Women’s Aid, said: “Leeds Women’s Aid are delighted that Bevan Brittan have kindly donated an amazing £20,000 towards an exciting new project we are currently planning; a dedicated centre for supporting young children and families. This indoor centre will provide a mixture of specialist one to one support, therapy and family work and will be a great safe space for us to hold events and activities for the families we support in refuge.”

In addition to supporting Leeds Women’s Aid, Bevan Brittan has also made donations of £20,000 to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, InUnity and The Talent Tap.