The Corporate Supporter of the Year Award, presented at our Annual Birthday Bash at The Palace Hotel on Friday 5th February was kindly sponsored by Manchester Building Society.

Collecting the gong on the night was the well deserving Express Solicitors, and judging by the cheers when the announcement was made, the team, who has collectively raised over £20,000 for Forever Manchester were over the moon to be recognised with our Corporate Supporter of the Year Award.

Carole Jones, Partner at Express Solicitors expressed the delight of the Northenden and Wythenshawe based solicitors on the evening saying: “It’s so great to be recognised with this award. We really love working with Forever Manchester and are overjoyed to be awarded with the Corporate Supporter of the Year Award.”

Ged Murray, Forever Manchester’s Director of Business Philanthropy said: “I’m delighted that Express Solicitors won the Corporate Supporter of the Year Award. Carole and the team at Express have not only raised a significant amount of money for Forever Manchester’s work in the communities, they also allow us to manage their own fund, which they use to help fund community groups within Manchester. They have also appointed their own Forever Manchester Ambassadors to spread the word amongst their colleagues. The whole team is fully engaged and gets involved in nearly all of our fundraising events. It’s a pleasure to work with an organisation that really takes its Corporate Social Responsibility to heart.”

Express Solicitors were chosen to receive the award by the award’s sponsor, Manchester Building Society. This is because of the company’s commitment to supporting their communities and Forever Manchester and their staff’s commitment to giving back. Express Solicitors puts on a variety of events throughout the year that raise money for us, including staff summer and Christmas parties, raffles and more.

Express Solicitors is one of the UK’s leading personal injury firms. Made up of nearly 200 staff, they are committed to client care and have a board of far sighted and hard-working Partners supported by a terrific staff base.

As well as supporting Forever Manchester with an annual donation and regular events, Express Solicitors is also committed to its local community with a named fund, which supports groups and projects in the Northenden and Wythenshawe areas. They have supported many groups in this time, including Wythenshawe Community Farm, who were one of the deserving nominees for the Inspirational Community Group Award.

As part of their fund, they have a nominated panel of staff who go over grant applications thoroughly to ensure groups who have applied for their fund get the best support the firm can give.

Express Solicitors has proudly supported Forever Manchester for over two years now, and we look forward to further work with them in the future. Their Partner, Carole Jones is also a Forever Manchester Ambassador, committing her own time to raise money and awareness for Forever Manchester across Greater Manchester. Carole’s colleague, Pauline Kelly is also a Forever Manchester Community Ambassador because of the excellent work she does in her local community.

Our Birthday Bash raised over £50,000. If you haven’t yet seen the highlights from the night, have a look at the video below: