Mills & Reeve staff provide hands-on support for WellChild

Volunteers from the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve LLP have completed two projects for WellChild, the national charity for sick children.

16-year-old cancer sufferer Karla Clarke, from Bedworth, received a bedroom make-over courtesy of Mills & Reeve staff Dawn Brathwaite, Surjit Deuer, Charlotte Mawdesley, Laura Taylor, Emma Farmer, Carolyn Martin, Laura O’Donnell and Lauren Grieve.

The two-day revamp included decorating to Karla’s requested cream and purple colour scheme.

Eager volunteers also assisted with a garden make-over for Ella Spilsbury, who needs round-the-clock care due to severe physical disability. The 16-year-old, from Castle Vale in Birmingham, loves the outdoors and riding her specially adapted bicycle.

Mills & Reeve staff Sarah Berry, Jessica Kenny, Darryn Hale, Ann-Marie Gutteridge, Emma Pearson Winstone, Miranda Holmes, Sean Lennon, Lee Parkhill and Paul Slinger made the garden more accessible for Ella by building a new decking platform and ramp, and installing specially adapted safety matting. A new shed for storing Ella’s bike was also erected.

WellChild is Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office nominated charity for 2011/12. All staff at the firm are given a day’s paid leave each year to allow them to participate in community projects.

As well as providing the labour for the two WellChild projects, Mills & Reeve raised money to fund the initiatives through a dress down day, raffle and a cake sale. A generous donation of materials organised by Paul Stokes and Sharon Blencoe at the Stirchley branch of DIY and building materials store Wickes, also ensured the youngsters’ dreams were fulfilled.

Lee Trunks, the Helping Hands project manager from WellChild, said: “It was a delight to work with Mills & Reeve employees on these projects, and I am so pleased with the results for these very deserving families. Everyone worked really hard and from the feedback we have had it was well worth it, as the impact made to the daily lives of the families is immense, thank you all so much.”

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