Clarke Willmott celebrate awarding £40k grant funding
Taunton-based legal firm Clarke Willmott recently celebrated awarding a total of £40,000 from their charitable fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation. The Clarke Willmott Fund, which was launched in 2010, awards grants between £250 and £5,000, focusing particularly on grassroots voluntary groups, local charities and social enterprises located in Taunton and the surrounding area.
The firm’s most recent grant, which helped them surpass the £40,000 milestone, was given to Taunton Area Debt Advice (TADA), a charity which helps people struggling with personal debt.
Graham Reid, TADA’s centre manager, said: “We are very grateful for the generous grant made from the Clarke Willmott Fund by Somerset Community Foundation. It has helped to facilitate our recent office move to the Citizen’s Advice office in Taunton, an organisation with which we share considerable synergy, and is also contributing to the cost of training much needed additional debt counsellors.”
Rev. Steven Reed, Chair of Trustees from the charity went on to say: “At this time of the year, many more people will suffer the blight of personal indebtedness. This funding will enable us to help more clients become debt free.”
TADA offers a free and completely confidential debt advice service and is currently helping clients with debts totalling nearly half a million pounds. It is Financial Conduct Authority approved and is a member of Community Money Advice - a national charity with over 100 debt advice centres across the UK.
Chris Thorne, Head of Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office, added: “Clarke Willmott is delighted to have supported the great work of Somerset Community Foundation for a number of years and to have made a contribution to their grant-making for a range of good causes. Working with our local community is key to us. Although we are now a major national legal firm, we will never forget that our roots are deeply embedded in the life of Somerset, where it all began.”
Pictured L-R: Hayley Eggleton, Marketing & Business Development Executive at Clarke Willmott, Steven Reed and Graham Reid from TADA, and Chris Thorne, Head of Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office celebrate £40,000 of grant funding.