Small acts of kindness can really put a smile on your face, from a stranger in a coffee queue helping with the right change, or someone gifting you their car parking ticket with an hour left on it!
LGFL Ltd have always supported various charities, nominating a small charity of the quarter and supporting larger, national annual campaigns too.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, our Directors Rita Gupta and Anne Leiper decided to do something different. We would nominate and support ten very different charities, with a focus on small charities that have a big impact locally. We called then our Acts of Kindness (AoKs).
Our 10 AoKs for 2018
1. New cricket nets for Theale and Tilehurst Cricket Club
This was the first of three initiatives to support local sports at, literally, grass roots level. The existing nets were unsafe and needed replacing before the new season. Our contribution helped put up new nets in time for the youth team to train hard and not worry where the balls would end up! Visit their Website.
2. Wey Valley Riding Club Summer Show
Horse riding is very popular in our part of Berkshire, and the love of horse encompasses all ages, abilities and social backgrounds. The Wey Valley Riding Club provides high level training for riders to progress to regional and national level. To help the club’s promotion of excellence, we sponsored a class tat their Summer Show that offers qualification to the Sunshine Tour, a championship series of events aimed at novice, amateur and unaffiliated riders.
3. Smalls for All and Idina’s Toilet Twinning Mission
These are two terrific ‘basics’ charities that caught our attention. Smalls for All collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. They particularly provide black pants as part of hygiene packs to schoolgirls in Africa to enable them to attend school every day.
Idina’s Toilet Twinning Mission is a toilet twinning awareness campaign started by a local schoolgirl. We were so moved (no pun intended) by Idina’s campaign that we immediately made a donation!
4. Reading United Under 12’s football team
Both our Directors have a love of the beautiful game, and have sponsored a couple of youth teams over the years. This year it was the turn of the boys of Reading United Under 12’s, aka the Biscuit Boys, who look great in their new LGFL sponsored shirts. We’ve also sponsored the Christmas chocolate giveaway to the team, so vital for rewarding success and dedication!
5. Jeans for Genes Day
One of our favourite charities and one we’ve supported for several years. OK, it is at heart an excuse to wear jeans to the office, but our donation helps to make a difference for children affected by genetic disorders.
6. The Royal British Legion
As the country commemorated 100 years since then end of Word War I, we donated to the charity that provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community; serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Lest we forget.
7. First Days Children’s charity
First Days helps with practical gifts of clothes, toys and equipment to local families living in unintended, unforeseen poverty, right here in Berkshire. We’re pleased to support a local charity doing such valuable work in Reading and across the county. For more details, see our article.
8. Billable Hour and the Legal 500
For the second year running, we were ranked in the prestigious Legal 500, improving our rating from 2017. We take our responsibility as family lawyers very seriously, and were pleased to be part of the Billable Hour, when law firms donate the equivalent of one hour’s charge to charity. With top London firms and smaller boutique companies such as ours involved, it’s a great example of a professional community giving back to the people it serves.
9. Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
This year, the whole of the business community here at Citibase Reading joined in this annual celebration of kitch knitwear! And yes, there are pictures on our social media feeds…
10. Launchpad Reading
We’ve been meeting clients at Spaces in Reading town centre for several months now, and so we’ve chosen a Reading charity as our final Act of Kindness. Launchpad helps the homeless of the town, from rough sleepers to families in unsuitable temporary accommodation. As the charity says:
“Homelessness is a complicated issue. It’s not just about losing a roof from over your head – it’s about losing your self-esteem, confidence, structure and purpose.”
Charitable giving in 2019
We aim to continue our charitable giving in 2019, and helping where we can. Keep an eye out for our blogs and social media posts on how we - and you - can help in small ways that make a big difference.