£12,384 donation for DSNE

Law firm Sintons has raised over £12,000 for a charity which supports people with Down’s Syndrome following a year of fundraising activities.

The Newcastle law firm chose Down’s Syndrome North East (DSNE) to be its charity of 2013, and raised a record total through a series of staff events over the course of the year.

DSNE which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year works across the whole of the North East region to offer support, networking opportunities, events and subsidised leisure activities to people with Down’s Syndrome and their families and friends. It is run entirely by parent volunteers.

It was chosen as Sintons’ annual charity after being nominated by one of its employees, whose young son has Down’s Syndrome and whose family has benefitted greatly from the support of DSNE.

The final total of £12,384 was raised through events including a Halloween Ball, quizzes, taking part in the Great North Run, bake sales and dress down days.

Amanda Maskery, Partner at Sintons and Chair of its CSR Committee, said: “DSNE does such brilliant work and helps so many families across our region, and we are delighted to have raised so much money to support them in the vital role they play. We have been impressed and inspired by the work DSNE and its team of volunteers does to help so many people.

“This is the largest sum we have ever raised for an annual charity, and are so pleased it is going to help such a fantastic cause.”

Anne Webster, Chair of DSNE, said: “DSNE was delighted to be nominated and chosen by the staff from Sintons as their charity of the year for 2013 and what a year it has been! As well as raising such a magnificent sum for DSNE, Sintons has also supported us in other ways to raise the profile of the charity.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked alongside them over the year and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Sintons from all the families that DSNE support. We intend to make good use of the money raised by subsidising the trip to ‘Disney on Ice’ for over 40 of our families and helping to fund activity and leisure breaks for our members.”

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