Worthing solicitors have new charity focus after change in status

Fundraising is to the fore for a long-standing Worthing firm, following changes to its structure.

Sunday, 26th August 2018, 12:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 10:06 pm
The team of staff, family and friends from A.R. Brown & Co Solicitors at the end of the Night to Remember for St Barnabas House

A R Brown & Co Solicitors had been a partnership run by solicitor Alan Brown for more than 30 years but it has now become a limited company, with Jenny Walker joining as a new director.

Charity has always been a big focus in her life and she is keen to ensure the firm plans three big fundraising events each year.

Jenny said: “It was decided to change to become a limited company so it will have permanency in the area. In the sense of confidence for the community, we are here to stay.

“I moved over from Brighton because I wanted to join a more community-minded firm.

“I have always been involved with fundraising, wherever I have been. They have always had a community focus here but it has been a bid ad hoc. I wanted to come and reawaken that and include everyone here in a planned programme of charity support. I wanted to lead this and Mr Brown is quite comfortable with that.”

A team of 12 staff, family and friends took part in Night to Remember to set the ball rolling and raised nearly £1,000 for St Barnabas House hospice in Worthing.

Jenny said: “That was really great. We had tremendous support from everybody and we are quite chuffed. It really took the imaginations of our clients, to get that amount of money for a small firm.

“We made certain that we stuck together. It seized the imagination and it was for a good cause. It just enthused everybody. It was really good, it brought everybody together. We will also be doing Make a Will week for St Barnabas in September.”

The next charity event will see conveyancer Janine Cooper-Rowan and office junior Ed Whitting join Jenny for Guild Care’s British Airways i360 abseil on Saturay, September 15.

Jenny said: “We wanted to support something local and Guild Care is a really good, solid Worthing charity.”

Jenny, who lives in Hove, is a member of Rottingdean Bridge Club and the club has agreed to sponsor the team.

She explained: “They are all about giving back to the community. They will hold a bridge evening and donate all the table money to the cause.”

The third event for this year will be the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The firm, at 77-79 Chapel Road, Worthing, is well known for its window displays and a spectacular Mad Hatter’s tea party scene is planned to promote the event on Friday, September 28, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.