Headway is Chambers’ Charity of the Year

February 4, 2016

St John’s Buildings have adopted Headway as their Chambers’ charity for 2016.

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Funds raised by St John’s Buildings will be split between Headway UK and the Headway branch based in Lancaster and Morecambe Bay.

Chris Ronan, Chief Executive of SJB, attended the Headway Annual Awards Lunch in December, where he was presented with the Challenge Baton to formally announce the partnership. Chris said “We have a proud tradition of fundraising for our Charity of the Year and we are delighted to accept the Headway Challenge Baton for 2016. The support Headway provides is invaluable for a number of clients of our personal injury, travel law, sport law and clinical negligence teams, aligning closely with the work our barristers are already delivering for them. But we know from past experience that the members and staff from right across St John’s Buildings will unite to support the charity’s vital work in every way they can.”

St John’s Buildings are currently finalising their packed fundraising calendar for 2016. Highlights will include a stand-up comedy night featuring Sally Harrison QC and Fran Heaton QC, with other acts still to be confirmed; a 24-hour bike ride between all four St John’s Buildings Chambers locations; a Five-a-Side football tournament, huge participation in the Great Manchester Run and the 3 Peaks Challenge; a Sportsmans’ Dinner, a Ladies’ Night and the annual garden party known as ‘SJBeestonbury’.

These major events will be supplemented with a host of other fundraising activities throughout the year, including Hats for Headway Day, cake sales, dress-down day and an online auction.

Head of Chambers Sally Harrison QC commented: “We are really looking forward to working in partnership with the team at Headway, not just to raise vital funds but also to increase awareness and understanding of the essential work they do throughout the country. Taking up the Headway Baton is an exciting challenge for us – and we can’t wait to get started.”

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “St John’s Buildings’ experience of providing legal support to people affected by brain injury makes this a very meaningful partnership.

“We were delighted to hand a Headway Challenge Baton to Chris on behalf of SJB and we look forward to supporting the team throughout their year of fundraising.”