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Forget Me Not - St Helena Hospice

Jennie Skingsley
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Working in a firm of our size, about 180 people, it is inevitable that we encounter the many highs and lows of life with our colleagues. When I read about St Helena Hospice’s Forget Me Not campaign, which is a similar concept to the poppies...

Could you be the next Dementia Friend?

Liz Jones
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I’m very pleased to be a Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society and to be able to give talks to create Dementia Friends. I have so far educated 26 new Friends. It’s such a worthwhile cause. Alzheimer’s Society hopes to create...

Chelmsford Legal Walk.

Jess Elwell
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On Monday, myself and fellow Birkett Long solicitor, Caroline Woodham, dusted off our trainers and took part in The Chelmsford Legal Walk.    The Chelmsford Legal Walk is an 8km, sponsored walk to raise money for local advice services that: ...

We are Dementia Friends!

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This week, seven colleagues and I trained to become a Dementia Friend. The session was run by one of the firm’s partners, and Dementia Champion Liz Jones.    Before starting the training I had very little knowledge of what it is like to...

Essex Digital Awards finalists!

Jennie Skingsley
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Last month we were thrilled to find out that we are finalists in the 2018 Essex Digital Awards in the Best Website category. We are particularly proud of our website, not only because we think it looks good and offers a good visitor experience, but because...

Charities to ensure that they are raising donations ethically.

Claire Read
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I have just spoken on the Ronnie Barbour BBC Essex Radio show ( listen here ) about charities and making gifts in wills. The Fundraising Regulator has warned charities to ensure that they are raising donations ethically because charitable donations in wills...

Lee Valley Junior team update - August 17

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In the first week of August, 5 members of the Lee Valley Junior team travelled to Assen, Holland, for the European Junior Cycling Tour. This is a 6-stage race which attracts riders from all round the world with age categories from 6 to 18. The first day was...

Footballing Success(ish)

Simon Green
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On Saturday the Birkett Long football team conquered all (except the mighty Tesco) to finish runners up in the Papworth Trust Football Tournament. In a format that departed from convention the first 3 games were friendlies, and with 3 wins and 2 clean sheets...

'What was the most extraordinary thing about this advert?'

Jennie Skingsley
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Yesterday I watched an advert on YouTube that gave me goosebumps. Without giving too much away, the advert revolved around pairs of people who had never met before and had polar opposite views about some very specific things. They were then set a number of...

Lee Valley Youth Cycling - Sam Allen Cycling blog

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I am 16 years old and I ride for a cycling team called Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club Junior Team, who are lucky enough to have Birkett Long as one of our sponsors. This weekend (2nd of April) was the first round of the national junior series, the Cadence...

Emily Lane - Peru expedition

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Earlier in the year we got a request from Emily Lane to help support her trip to the Amazon Rainforest with the British Exploring Society. The British Exploring Society is an established youth development charity that aims to promote adventure activity as a...

November update - success!

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I don’t know whether you were aware of the new charity fundraising event that took place this year in memory of Andrew Bart Simpson, Ben Ainsleys friend that was killed in an accident on a big catamaran in the Americas Cup called Barts Bash…it...

Birkett Long vs Sound Financial

Keith Songhurst
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On a muggy summer’s evening at Hutton Cricket Club, the Birkett Long cricket team took to the pitch for its first game in a year against Sound Financial.  We don’t get out much these days but the opportunity to combine a pleasant evening in...

Strawberry race for Wilkin & Sons

Molly Frankham
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On Thursday 19 June 2014 something very out of the ordinary happened, two Alices, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts gathered in Tiptree to pick Little Scarlett strawberries. Despite what you might now be thinking I am still very much in control of...

Nuclear Rush race - mad for mud

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On Sunday 11th May, a handful of Birkett Long’s (mad for mud) solicitors took part in the Nuclear Race at Kelvedon Hatch. Setting off on a rather cold Sunday morning sporting their finest lycra and old trainers, Tim Ogle embarked on the 12km muddy...

Braintree Skyline 5 mile road race

Tim Ogle
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Two of Birkett Long’s finest were flying the flag on Sunday, competing at the Braintree Skyline 5 mile road race. Yes, we two young whipper snappers, Reggie Lloyd and myself, were amongst the 400 or so who turned up to run, or plod along in our case....

Colchester RFC 2013/14

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The rugby season has final come to an end (if you exclude the odd 7s tournament) and for Colchester it has been another successful year, although not quite as successful as we would have hoped. The winners of our league gain automatic promotion to the...

Summer update from BL athete Louis Persent

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Athletics continues to be a rollercoaster! It’s about the only thing that’s constant at the moment. I mentioned in my last blog I was gearing up to race in Germany at the end of May and it turned out to be a bit of an awkward season opener, but...

Calum - We did it!

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We completed the course as a four (a feat only achieved by 86 / 270 teams attempting the full 100km) in a total time of: 21 hours 47 minutes Putting us in 6th place overall! Needless to say we were all slightly surprised with this result! We...

Justina reports from the perspective of the support team

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I am delighted to tell you that the team successfully completed their walk on Saturday and Sunday in the slightly eye watering time of 21 hours 47 minutes. None of them can quite believe that they have managed to finish 6th out of a total of 270 teams who...

Justina's update - 2 weeks to go!

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May I thank those of you who have already made a donation to our Oxfam charity. The boys and I really appreciate every penny and I know that Oxfam will as well. With two weeks to go we are just £305 short of our target and the preparations are in full...

Training hard and staying healthy

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Hi, I’m Louis, a 22 year old, 400m runner from Colchester and I’m very grateful to be supported by Birkett Long. This is my first blog here.  2013 has been an exciting year so far. My training is going well and I can’t wait to...

Gemma Kersey - Winter update

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I have been back from my wonderful holiday in Portugal for a few months and I am now training for the cross-country season. It was going very well with my coach upping the training this winter and it has been very tough so far. As well as the training, I...

How much can you make with £50? £30k it turns out!

Sarah Humphryes
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In June, 33 local companies took on the challenge to raise money for St Helena Hospice in the Birkett Long £50 Challenge. It started with each business being donated £50 from Birkett Long. This is where the challenge took off, with the...

Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix

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At the weekend I took part in the on camp with Kelly 800m at the Grand Prix in Birmingham. This was my last race of the season and I was hoping to back up my previous pb that I ran at the Crystal palace Grand Prix. Again the atmosphere was amazing and the...

The Flanders international (Belgium)

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On Saturday the 18th I was invited to race in Belgium, Leuven to race the mile at the Flanders international meet. The weather was extremely hot getting up to 37 at midday, luckily my race was at 7 but the track was still covered in full sunshine. This was...

Gemma Kersey shares her experience of the Solihull BMC

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On the 21st of July I took part in the Women’s A race at the Solihull BMC which had a fantastic field of elite athletes, including 5 Olympians, three from Britain and two Americans plus two of the country’s best 800m runners. The field was...

Gemma Kersey shares her experience of The Welsh International

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On Wednesday the 18th I got invited to take part in the Welsh International senior Women’s 1500m. In my race I had the Kenyan Jelegat who took the race on from the start next to the pace maker. I tucked in behind as the conditions were not great. As...

Crystal Palace - London Grand Prix

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In her occasional blog, Gemma Kersey, an athlete from Basildon sponsored by Birkett Long, updates us on her activities: On Saturday the 14th of July I took part in the London Grand Prix where Dame Kelly Holmes had an invitational ‘On camp with...

Tiptree Strawberry Race

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“Would you like to dress up as a bee and go pick strawberries for charity?” is probably not something many of us hear at work too often, but a few weeks ago at Birkett Long, we were asked just that. We were told that many strawberry pickers...

Dobbin, Binocular Man and novice trekkers

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With only three weeks to go there was no time for a weekend off for our intrepid trailwalkers, unless of course you were one of the chaps, who had apparently found much more exciting things to do other than trek the 30 mile round trip from Chelmsford to...

Trailwalkers - adventure 4!

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On Saturday 9 June 2012, 3 quarters of the walking team decided to tackle a 25 mile walk along with two willing volunteers, Sarah Campbell & Mark Williams. Truffle the dog and Justina, one quarter of our trusted support crew, also joined the walk. We...

A few words from Philip George on our new charity for the year

Philip George
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One of my cricketing heroes is Sir Ian Botham. Which cricket lover will ever forget “Beefy’s” Herculean achievements in the Ashes series of 1981? But it is for his achievements off the cricket field that I most admire Sir Ian. Soon after...

Trail Walker - Support Crew point of view

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Along with Bob and Helen (three fifths of the Support Crew) we decided to test our map reading knowledge and acquaint ourselves (via a car) with the Check Points on the route that our intrepid Birkett Long Walkers (BLW) would be taking. Failing miserably...

Trail Walker Team Adventures - Part Three

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With a sharp increase in the number of internal emails advising that training really was going to be necessary if we are all to comp lete the full 100km, it was time for the team’s second training walk – this time round Mersea Island! The team...

Trail walker team adventures - Part one

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On one of the wettest days of the month, the foolhardy Trail Walker team (well 50% of them) with three keen and willing Birkett Long volunteers stepped out in their finest waterproof attire ready to embark on the ‘Suffolk Surprise’ walk led by...

Introducing the Birkett Long trail walkers

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Who? Walking Team: Tim Ogle, Claire Read, Katy Humphreys and Calum Irvine Support Team: Justina Ridley What? A 100km trek across the South Downs, to be completed in under 30 hours. Why? The event is organised by Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. We...

Birkett Long's support

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Working for a law firm as I do, I’m often hurt when people suggest lawyers are uncaring, expensive and only useful for ‘grudge purchases’. So it is a real boost that Birkett Long offers me encouragement and practical support in my musical...

Colchester Lecture 2011 - Esther Rantzen

Jennie Skingsley
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On Wednesday we were pleased to be able to attend the Colchester Lecture at the Mercury Theatre, which Birkett Long has sponsored for some years now. The speaker this year was Esther Rantzen, who spoke entertainingly about her life in the media and how she...

New charity added to Run4fun beneficiaries

Jennie Skingsley
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For the last nine year’s Run4Fun has benefitted the Mayor of Colchester’s charities (having raised over £66,550 for them).  This year we have taken the decision to not only support the Mayor’s charities (which will be announced...

Tenth Run4Fun underway!

Jennie Skingsley
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Planning for Run4Fun 2011 is well underway!  We’ve already had lots of Gold sponsors confirm, for which we’re really grateful.  The event really wouldn’t happen without them. This year we’re expanding sponsorship...

Birkett Long raises over £3k for Essex Air Ambulance

Victoria Fenner
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Wow!  I’m so proud of my colleagues for managing to raise £3,122 for Essex Air Ambulance!  It’s not been easy this year, but through celebrating Chinese New Year (by selling Chinese food) and organising raffles and monthly...

Run4Fun 2010

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Good show by all participants and there were numerous entrants in excellent fancy dress – there was a real buzz! The new trainees will now join the team and help to organise next year’s event, supervised by the ever enthusiastic Jen. Thanks again...