EMPLOYEES at a Ludlow legal firm have donated almost £500 to a much-loved local charity.

Staff at mfg Solicitors held fundraising events throughout the past 12 months for Hope House, a charity which provides respite and end-of-life care across Shropshire and North and mid Wales.

Events included raffles, plant and cake sales and selling home-made soup to staff, were held at the law firm’s offices in Corve Street.

“The team have had a great time raising money for Hope House in the past year and made a fantastic contribution,” said Kirsten Bridgewater, partner at mfg solicitors.

“Their efforts and generosity have been superb, and I am sure our donation will be put to the best use by the amazing team at Hope House. They do so much for families across Shropshire every day.”

Emily Jones, Area Fundraiser for Hope House added that fund raising is important to enabling the charity to keep serving the community.

“The fundraising by mfg Solicitors has been first-class and is vital if we are to keep delivering services and support for people here in Ludlow and across the wider Shropshire area. Once again I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped raise the money over the past 12 months.”

Ms Bridgewater added that mfg Solicitors will announce its chosen charities for 2019 in the coming weeks, following a staff vote.

Hope House has two hospices, one in Shropshire and a smaller sister hospice near Conwy, North Wales, where they offer counselling and advocacy on top of its respite care.

Staff at mfg will continue to hold a variety of fundraising events throughout 2018.

Hope House provides a range of services including respite and end-of-life care at two hospices and or within the family home, and support such as counselling and advocacy.

Bereavement support is offered to all children, young people and family members for as long as is needed.

But the Hospice is heavily dependent upon the support of people to raise the funds that are needed by children, young people and families.

Each year Hope House must raise over £6.3 million to maintain services and receive just one month’s funding from statutory bodies.

Every day families have to cope with a diagnosis that a child or young person has a life limiting illness.

This may be a childhood cancer but there are many other conditions that can result the diagnosis that everyone fears.

The objective of the Hospice is to provide the best possible care and support to the sick child and their family so as to make the best of the time that is left.

Hope House and its supporters raise money through a programme of different activities including events.

There are opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved in supporting its work.