Silver award recognises Wilkin Chapman’s support for the military – just as we plan to stride-out for our veterans!

02 December 2019
Silver Award Social


As final preparations are made for our series of festive fund-raising walks, we are delighted to have received a further award in recognition of our work with the military sector.

Our Walking Home For Christmas events are now well on their way to raising hundreds of pounds to help veterans – and they come as we have been awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in recognition of the firm’s commitment to serving the country’s military personnel and veterans.

Senior solicitor Gordon Holt and colleague Lucy Reding collected the award during a presentation in Leicester, which was organised by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

Partner and Head of the firm’s Military Sector, James Marsden, said: “Wilkin Chapman has been representing members of the armed forces community for many decades, acting for serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families, in all spheres of military law. The firm has also benefitted enormously from employing members of the armed forces community and the invaluable experience that they are able to bring.

“Receiving an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award is obviously a huge honour for the firm but, in reality, what we are able to give back to the armed forces community is only a small token of appreciation for the sacrifices that are made by the members of our armed forces, past and present, and their families.”

So, let’s remind you about our walks, and encourage as many of you as possible to take part.

Our stride-outs are part of the ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ appeal, which is being organised on a national level by Walking With The Wounded. People across the country are challenged to ‘step out for those who have served’ and organise such fund-raising walks during this festive season.

With almost 500 employees across our offices we would love to involve as many of our staff as possible – along with their relatives, friends and associates. The aim is to raise a grand total of £4,725 – the amount needed to support one veteran per office, seven in total, to undergo intensive one-to-one mental health care.

  • In Grimsby the walk will set off from our offices in Cartergate at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 11 December and, complete with Santa hats, the party will take a 6.6-mile route taking in Cleethorpes Pier before heading back to Grimsby and Docks Beer – for a few festive refreshments. All the walkers will be raising sponsorship money and you can enter on line simply by going to Latest Grimsby total (website pledges only): £397.56
  • In Lincoln, paying tribute to the 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’, which was based at RAF Scampton, the team is planning to walk a total of 617 miles! Selecting a mile loop around the Brayford, which should only take 20 minutes or so, as many people as possible are encouraged to walk the route from now until 11 December, to raise as much sponsor money as they can. Team members could take a friend or relative with them, or what about a walking meeting? Again you can sign up very easily by going to Latest Lincoln total (website pledges only): £264.65
  • In Beverley, the date has been set for Wednesday 11 December. Setting off from their office in The Hall, Lairgate the walkers will take a 2.5-mile route around the town, aiming to complete as many laps of the town as possible in a 2 hour window, before returning to their offices, hoping to complete a collective total of 101 miles in order to commemorate the end of the First World War. As above, you can sign up at Latest Beverley total (website pledges only): £287.61
  • The walks in Doncaster and the Wolds are in their final stages of preparation and we will update with further information – so watch this space!

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