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From iPads to homebaked muffins, Novum Law has been supporting local and national good causes during the past few lockdown months.

At Novum Law, we have always recognised the importance of giving something back to our local communities and helping those who are vulnerable and in need of support.

Over the years, our specialist solicitors and support staff have run, cycled, walked, climbed, baked and much, much more for charities and good causes.

During these lockdown times, charities and support groups have been facing unprecedented challenges. With fundraising events cancelled, many high street shops still closed, staff furloughs and donations hit as households feel the pinch, the charity sector needs more help than ever before.

At the same time, NHS nurses and frontline healthcare workers have been working tirelessly to help those affected by the virus.

As a specialist personal injury law firm helping people who are vulnerable due to serious injury or illness, we know the crucial role the NHS, charities and support groups play in their lives and the lifeline they represent for patients, families and carers.

Our teams have been extra busy during the past few months, fundraising and supporting several good causes close to hearts. Here is a selection of just some of the good causes our solicitors and support staff have helped recently:

iPad donation to University Hospital Southampton

Our specialist asbestos solicitors, based in our Southampton office, donated two iPads and iPad mobile carts to University Hospital Southampton to help critically ill and injured patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The iPads and mobile carts have been gratefully received by the hospital’s Emergency Department so that patients can stay in contact with their families and loved ones who are unable to visit them in the hospital due to lockdown restrictions.

Emergency Care consultant nurse, Sarah Charters, said:

“Please accept the sincere thanks and best wishes of all members of the Emergency Department team to your team at Novum Law. Your gift is clearly testimony to the values held by your staff and epitomises how this terrible situation with COVID-19 has created so much kindness in those around us, those who are passionate about supporting the NHS and the work we are doing in these troubled times.”

COVID-19 essential care packages to Daisy Chains IW

When our Isle of Wight team heard that the children’s charity Daisy Chains IW had launched an incredible initiative to provide basic essentials care packages for families on the Isle of Wight affected financially by COVID-19, they immediately wanted to help.

Our donation at the start of the campaign helped the charity provide basis food parcels and basic baby boxes (including nappies, wipes, formula, etc.) for Island families living in COVID-19 related poverty.

Hand Creams to frontline NHS nurses

Since the start of the pandemic, our frontline nurses and healthcare workers have been constantly in our thoughts. We decided to send them a little TLC in a bottle to show our gratitude. Our marketing team got to work, posting boxes of Aloe Vera hand creams for all the nurses and nursing support staff we work with.

We have had some lovely thank you notes including Gemma Crowley from Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust who said:

“Thank you so much for the hand creams, they arrived this afternoon. Very thoughtful of you” and Rachel Smith from Great Western Hospitals NHS: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for the hand cream it is much appreciated and I will share with the rest of the team.”

Muffins for Meso

Muffins for Meso‘ is an annual event to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK‘s incredible work helping and supporting mesothelioma patients throughout the country and to increase awareness of asbestos-related diseases.

This year’s lockdown meant we had to rethink our Muffins for Meso fundraising plans and decided to hold a company-wide virtual bake-off with each of our regional offices taking part.

We were thrilled when Liz Darlison MBE from Mesothelioma UK agreed to be our VIP judge, joining us on a Zoom call as we showed off our baking attempts.

First prize went to Steph Gerdes from our Plymouth office who cleverly made rainbow-striped muffins to thank our NHS and key workers for everything they are doing to help those affected by the virus.

We were delighted to raise nearly £300 for Mesothelioma UK while enjoying a virtual coffee and muffin break with our colleagues.

Supporting vital charities

Other fundraising initiatives our teams have been involved with in recent months include: a donation to the brain injury charity The Silverlining as they continue their incredible work during COVID-19, taking on the 2.6 Challenge for asbestos support group HASAG and the brain tumour support charity The Wight Brainy Bunch and the 26-mile Walk the Wight challenge in aid of the much-loved Mountbatten Isle of Wight Hospice.

Novum Law director Darren O’Sullivan from our Isle of Wight office said:

“We are 100% committed to getting involved in our local communities and doing what we can to support frontline health workers and charities.
“While COVID-19 has created challenges for everyone and it has been a tough time, it is heartening to see all the good that is being done to help vulnerable people, their families and their carers. As a business, it is gratifying to play a small part in that.”