Give & Gain Day 2012
Sponsored by Eversheds for the fourth year running, Business in the Community's Give & Gain Day is dedicated to getting thousands of employees, in the UK and internationally, out of the workplace to volunteer in their local community. The event saw more than 10,000 volunteers from over 200 companies in the UK volunteering their time to 500 projects, while an additional 9,000 people in 25 countries lent a hand internationally.
Eversheds employees from around the world participated in Give & Gain Day activities on or around 18 May. More than 330 of the firm’s employees, including CEO Bryan Hughes and Chairman John Heaps, completed 28 projects in their local communities.
In London Eversheds employees, together with co-sponsor Lloyds Banking Group, volunteered at the Greenwich Community Games. The multi-sport festival aimed to increase young people's participation in sport. The volunteers were joined by Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor, with the support of SportsAid – another of the firm’s chosen charities.
Employees from Eversheds Lithuania also took part in a star-studded event with sports TV personality and Olympic athlete Valda Musvydaite. As part of the Education Through Sports project, the volunteers encouraged local school children to participate in sporting activities.
Volunteers also swapped blackberries for spades and paintbrushes to lend a hand with gardening and maintenance projects. Working with people with disabilities, Eversheds’ Latvia office spent the day completing a gardening project at Saule care home in Riga, while a team from the Manchester office undertook a gardening and painting project at Victoria House, a local homeless residence.
Other initiatives taking place across Eversheds offices included a charity football match with the RAIS Foundation in Madrid; landscaping of a garden for the Well Child project and a local Marie Curie Hospice in Leeds, and a give away of old PCs in Copenhagen.