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Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors continues to support the charity, The Funding Network, which supports social change projects through live “crowdfunding” to obtain donations for charities.

The Funding Network invites local charities to a potentially fruitful pitching event. Around 100 potential donors will be present, as each charity makes its case for crowdfunding and investment. Each of the charities has a 12-minute time slot, split equally into a pitch session and a question and answer session. After all the charity representatives have spoken, there will be a live crowdfunding pledging session.

Andrew Yates, Senior Lawyer in our Corporate and Commercial team and a member of our Charity Sector, sat on the panel of judges for the Herts Funding Network in April to select those charities that will pitch for funding at the live crowdfunding event which take place at 6pm on 13 September at the new St Albans Museum & Gallery.

Three charities have been selected to pitch in September. They were selected by the panel, who opted for a diverse range of charitable initiatives.

Hacro aims to offer support for offenders and their families, enabling positive change in their lives through a combination of mentoring, training and education.

Another one of the charities, Earthworks, provides people with learning disabilities with the opportunity to undergo specialised training courses.

The third charity chosen by the panel is Small Acts of Kindness, which distributes practical gifts to older people, reducing the impact of loneliness. It focuses mainly on those who are cold in their homes in the wintertime.

The three lawyers from Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors that have again led our support of The Funding Network and who will attend on the 13 September are Nicholas Turner, Partner of Debenhams Ottaway’s successful Private Client team, Michael Henry, Senior Lawyer in Contentious Probate and Andrew Yates, Senior Lawyer in our Corporate and Commercial team.

Managing Partner, Susan Glenholme of Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors says: “We’ve worked with The Funding Network on charity initiatives before and are delighted to have such a strong presence in their next event. Hertfordshire is a hub for charitable activity, and we want to shine a light on all the hard work that’s done for our community”.

A company spokesperson for The Funding Network says: “We’re grateful to Debenhams Ottaway for supporting us. As a company, they always go above and beyond to support charitable events like ours”.

The panel will take place at 6pm on 13 September in the new St Albans Museum and Gallery, you can find out more about the event here.

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