Leeds law office raises £32,000 memorial fund for charity

Staff from the Leeds office of a global legal services firm have raised £32,000 for cancer charity Marie Curie in memory of the husband of a colleague who died from the disease at the age of just 33.

Wine merchant Bob Allerton inspired work mates and nursing staff alike with his positive and cheerful demeanour, right up to his premature death at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford in 2009.

And a legacy of that determined approach was a cheque presented to the hospice by staff from DLA Piper who held a Blooming Great Tea Party, a quiz night, a train station collection, a half-marathon, dress-down days and raffles in Bob's memory through 2010.

"The hospice was such a fantastic support to Bob and our family that we wanted to do something positive for them in return," said widow and mum-of-two, Kirstie Allerton of Baildon.

Office managing partner at DLA Piper, Neil McLean, added: "Each year, we choose a charity to support and, in 2010, the support for Marie Curie was overwhelming.

"We had staff, friends and family all working hard to raise as much money as possible. The money we have raised will assist greatly in helping other patients and families in their care given that Marie Curie depends mainly on charitable donations to provide hospice care and, on average, it costs around 8,000 a day to run the Bradford hospice."

The total presented to the hospice was more than three times the original target set by DLA Piper fund-raising team.

One of the biggest money-spinners was a mass entry in the Leeds Half Marathon in May when as many as 80 family, friends and DLA Piper staff joined Kirstie to complete the course while three-year-old son Lucas took part in the Junior and Mini Run.

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