Charity fundraising

Our previous charity fundraising endeavours were chosen annually and focused on particular charities. As of 2020, we decided to choose a charitable theme to guide the firm’s fundraising over a period of two years, empowering us to support a number of different organisations at any one time.

Our first charitable theme is ‘No Child Should Go Hungry’ and our fundraising initiatives currently support a range of charities, groups and projects that are working to combat the issue of child hunger in Bristol and Edinburgh communities, where the majority of our people live and work.

Child hunger is a serious issue that, along with poor nutrition and obesity, has an impact on young people’s behaviour, their physical and mental wellbeing, and educational attainment. It’s a national issue, with over half a million young people estimated to be regularly going hungry. There are an estimated 26,000 young people in Bristol alone who are living in poverty, with restricted access to proper food.

The firm’s charitable theme and our peoples’ efforts to address food poverty links to our focus on social mobility as nourished children do better.

The chair of Burges Salmon’s Charity Fundraising Committee, Will Woodall, says: “By working to combat a specific problem with a range of organisations, we are able to help as many children as we can in Bristol, Edinburgh and beyond, to have access to healthy and nutritious food. The importance of this issue can’t be overstated. We are strongly committed to doing our bit to help.”

The Burges Salmon Charitable Trust

The Burges Salmon Charitable Trust supports community organisations that are registered charities. The main requirement for organisations to receive our support is that they have a local focus; the charity could be national in scale, provided there is a local remit and any application has a specified local request. The trust supports schemes involving children, the elderly, education and homelessness, among other initiatives. Organisations can apply annually.

If you work for a charity that you think may benefit from the support of the Burges Salmon Charitable Trust, please contact us Alison Preece at alison.preece@burges-salmon.com. Tell us about the work of your organisation, any particular project it is undertaking and how it would use the money.

For larger donations, we work with the Quartet Community Foundation which helps donors support local causes and charities in Bristol and the surrounding areas, and to which we provide funding. To find out more about these projects, please visit its website.

Bristol to Edinburgh (and back) Challenge 2021

Burges Salmon is encouraging its people across the firm to form teams and collectively cycle, run, walk or otherwise make up the 356 miles equivalent to the distance between our office in Bristol (One Glass Wharf) and our office in Edinburgh (Atria One). The challenge is taking place over the course of a month, from 17 May to 17 June. 

The aim of the challenge is to raise money for the Burges Salmon Charitable Theme of the Year, ‘No Child Goes Hungry’, which is even more important now than ever.  This past year has been particularly challenging, especially so for children. Some of the worst-off have not only lost access to formal education for much of the year but also struggled as parents lost jobs and household incomes were reduced.  This is a very real problem for too many people and by taking part, Burges Salmon people will be fundraising to improve the lives of these disadvantaged young people. The charities we are fundraising for are Feeding Bristol and Aberlour in Edinburgh.