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Latimer Hinks, one of the North East’s leading law firms, has boosted its long-standing partnership with a local charitable foundation with a £20,000 donation.

The Darlington-based solicitors has been working with County Durham Community Foundation since 2006 to support good causes in local communities.

The money was raised at the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball which took place on 22nd November 2017 in the Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall. The black tie event attracted 400 guests and marked the culmination of the firm’s 125th anniversary year. To recognise the milestone and the contribution that Latimer Hinks makes to the community, County Durham Community Foundation has been able to contribute to the money raised, making £36,000 available to support local groups.

The first grants that Latimer Hinks’ staff have chosen to award are to support St Teresa’s Hospice and the Darlington and Bishop Auckland MRI Scanner Appeal in honour of colleague Helen Thomas who sadly passed away from cancer in July 2016. Future grants will be awarded to other local community groups where the money will make a great deal of difference.

Anne Elliott, Chief Executive of Latimer Hinks, said: “Although we always put a fun twist on it, we take our fundraising activities very seriously. There are some brilliant causes in our area that do exceptional work, but are in desperate need of funding. That is why we set up our charitable donation fund with County Durham Community Foundation, which advises us on how to support great charities as well as recommending causes worthy of funding.

“We are grateful to County Durham Community Foundation for adding to our latest donation. This is a considerable gesture to mark our 125th anniversary, and we know the money will reach causes close to our hearts in the local area.

County Durham Community Foundation manages charitable funds donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a source of long-term support for the community and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, enabling people to achieve far more than they could by themselves.

Michelle Cooper, CEO of County Durham Community Foundation, said: “Latimer Hinks is a great example of a local company positively choosing to give something back to its local communities.”

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