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Law firm sets tails wagging with fundraising efforts

Following a year of fundraising activity, the Leicester office of top 50 law firm Gateley has raised over £800 for local charity, Leicester Animal Rescue.

Every year, each of the firm's regional offices nominates a local charity to benefit from its fundraising efforts. Championed by Commercial Dispute Resolution solicitor, Gail Whyte, Leicester Animal Rescue was chosen due to its tireless efforts looking after and re-homing abandoned cats and dogs. The charity, which runs a shelter and shop, aims to give animals a long term permanent home in which they can feel loved and secure.

In addition to raising money by dress down days, cake sales and raffles, the Leicester office participated in a number of one off events. They included a corporate relay, a Hallowe'en pumpkin carving competition and Leicester Animal Rescue's annual dog walk, held at Rutland Water. The walk, which raised over £1,900 in 2013, will be held this year on Sunday, 7 September. The office also donated items such as clothing, ornaments and kitchen utensils to the charity's city centre shop.

Fiona Price, shelter manager at Leicester Animal Rescue, commented: "We are delighted with Gateley's fundraising efforts. The cats and dogs that we look after are given the best possible care and attention. The donation will allow us to continue the provision of a happy home for the animals and contribute towards vital treatment and medication."

Gareth John, senior partner of Gateley’s Leicester office added: "We approached the fundraising with great enthusiasm and are delighted that such a large amount of money was raised. Leicester Animal Rescue does a fantastic job, taking in unwanted cats and dogs and sourcing suitable new homes for them."

Gateley’s Leicester office has nominated Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance as its local charity for the coming year.

Photo shows front, left to right: Gail Whyte (Gateley) and Fiona Price (Leicester Animal Rescue) with Boris and Fly. Back, left To right: Tracy Bennett (Leicester Animal Rescue), Fiona Grocock, Emma Harris, Karen Wilson, Natalie Howes (all Gateley) and Jade Walker (Leicester Animal Rescue).

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