Leading Global Law Firm Baker McKenzie’s Belfast office has raised over £20k for local charity Cancer Focus NI, at its first ever Baker Come Dancing night. The event, held recently at Belfast’s Clayton Hotel, saw eleven dancing partners battle it out for the coveted Baker Come Dancing Trophy.
Cancer Focus NI is Baker McKenzie’s nominated charity, and works to reduce the impact of cancer on people’s lives. The charity provides care and support services for cancer patients and their families. They also offer a range of cancer prevention programmes to help people lessen their risk of getting cancer; fund scientific research into the causes and treatment of the disease and campaign for better health policy to protect our community and its future. The money raised by Baker McKenzie will go towards the Family Support Service, whichhelps families cope with the disruption to ordinary family life and minimises the long-term impact on children’s emotional well-being when a mum, dad or close family member has cancer.
The eleven Baker McKenzie dancing partners underwent an intense eight-week training programme with local ball-room dancing professionals prior to the final. They raised money via their JustGiving pages, through ticket sales, and via donations made at the event.
Speaking after the final, Helena Woodward, Baker McKenzie’s HR & CSR Director in Belfast said, “We are overwhelmed at the dedication our staff have shown to fundraising for this event. Our team of dancers have made a huge effort over the past eight weeks and we are tremendously proud of what they were able to achieve.”
This event has given us the opportunity to raise funds and awareness, become more engaged in our local community, and hopefully create an annual tradition with the power to unite our whole office.”
We are also thrilled to have partnered with Cancer Focus. Roisin Foster, CEO of Cancer Focus NI said, “Thank you so much for the amazing success that was Baker Come Dancing. All of our team truly enjoyed the evening and were inspired by the warmth and enthusiasm of all of your people.
We are so grateful to everyone who braved the atrocious weather, got their dancing shoes on and opened up their hearts for our family support service.”
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