Burton Copeland raises over £6000 to support children in Africa

300 people packed into the prestigious Legends Lounge for the event at the home of the recently crowned premiership champions at the Etihad Stadium.

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300 guests in attendance at the event in the lavish Legends Suite at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium

The event was dedicated to raise money for the charity Partners in Education Swaziland (PIES) a charity which Compliance Partner Daniel Weed is a Trustee of. This small charity help support two centres in Eswatine (Formerly known as Swaziland) which provide education and a meal for 200 under privileged children each day.

The event was hosted by the Patron of the Charity and two times Celebrity Mastermind winner Edwina Currie who did a sterling job of settling down the huge number of guests from the North West Business and Legal Community before they watched a video produced by Daniel about the charity, the work that it does as well as his visit to the centres and meeting the children last year.

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Senior Partner Gwyn Lewis opening the event and introducing quiz master and Patron of PIES Edwina Currie

Edwina who has also visited the centres twice spoke about why she supports this small charity which has no paid staff in the UK or administration costs, meaning that every penny donated goes directly to supporting the children at the centres.

Speaking about the charity, Daniel said; “The children at the centres are faced with huge challenges and have very little. [PIES] makes an enormous difference to the children’s lives and I am lucky have had the privilege to have visited the centres to be involved and meet the children”

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Speaking to the guests he said “Just by attending tonight, individually you have paid for a child to be fed for a month, but there are many other children that we would like to support and with your help we can, so please dig deep”.

The extremely generous crowd certainly did, purchasing raffle tickets for prizes generously donated by many North West law firms, barristers chambers and businesses.

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Managing partner Louise Straw said, “I am amazed by the generosity of our sponsors, many of whom offered to help as soon as we told them we were planning the event which resulted in us giving away over £3000 worth of raffle prizes on the night”.

The exact figure raised is still being calculated but speaking at the end of the night Daniel confirmed that they were well on their way to raising more than £6000 which would feed 1200 children for a month.

As well as the raffle prizes there were a number of fabulous silent auction items which had also been donated.

“I’d like to express my extreme gratitude, not only to the organisations who donated the prizes, but also the extremely generous individuals who bid for the items on the night…the support of the guests has been astounding” said Senior Partner Gwyn Lewis who assisted Edwina in hosting the event.

“The event was an enormous success and it is amazing how many people have asked this morning when our next event will be”

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Senior Partner Gwyn Lewis giving thanks to quiz master Edwina Currie

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The ultimate champions of the quiz were a team from Exchange Chambers named 'Justin De Villeuneuve' closely followed by 'JMW Team A' from the Lawshare Team with only one point behind the leaders.

In joint 3rd place were the 'Curried Egg Heads' a team from Lincoln House Chambers, '18 and Legal' from 18 St John Street Chambers' and 'Major Crime Scene' from Central Chambers all based in Manchester.

Senior Clerk from the winning team Exchange Chambers Nick Buckley said, "You should be incredibly proud of the fact that you have raised so much money for a wonderful charity and putting on such an incredibly well attended event."

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Presented with their trophy & prize winning team from Exchange Chambers (Louis Brown QC, Sarah Barlow and Nick Walker)

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The sumptuous Legends Lounge before the guests arrival