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Bury Pride 2018 (05/04/2018)

Once again, Russell and Russell will be attending Bury Pride.

This year, the firm is sponsoring the gin bar, which will be located on the balcony of the Elizabethan suite at Bury Town Hall. It will also house a Prosecco bar for all the non-gin lovers out there.

The bar itself will overlook the Elizabethan stage which is hosting an acoustic set featuring a variety of performances from local bands. As a proud supporter of the LGBT+ community, we’d like to invite everyone to help us celebrate.

The party starts at 11.00am, with the Walking Rainbow Parade taking place at one o’clock, lead by Mayor, Cllr Dorothy Gunther. The route will go through the town centre, up to the Rock and then back down past the Millgate shopping centre, into the market before returning to the Elizabethan Suite.

After the parade, there’s an afternoon packed full of entertainment, finishing with the headline act, pop icon, Toyah Willcox taking to the main stage.

So, if you’re out and about on Saurday, why not show your support and pop over to Bury to join us for a tipple? Free tickets are available here. See you there!

Russell and Russell Collects for Homeless Charity (06/11/2017)

Throughout November Russell and Russell Solicitors is running an initiative to support local homeless charity, Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS).

The practice is acting as a drop off point for anyone wishing to donate items of food to help ensure young homeless people don’t go hungry this winter. Donations can be left at any of the Russell and Russell branches to be sent on to the charity.

Buying just one extra item of food in the weekly shop will help BYPHS provide hot meals to around 100 homeless youngsters. All donations will go towards BYPHS’s annual #10TinChallenge which enables young people to ‘eat and heat’ because they can’t afford both when it’s cold.

Established in 1992, BYPHS was set up in partnership with Bolton Council and Irwell Valley Housing to counteract the growing number of young people who found themselves with nowhere to live. Each year, around 350 homeless people access the charity’s service, making it a vital lifeline.

Based at Breightmet Street in Bolton town centre, the charity provides temporary support and accommodation to 16-25 year olds. It also runs eight other projects across Bolton and the surrounding areas.

Sadly, the number of people who are homeless is growing and as winter approaches we want to help do our bit to support those who find themselves in this awful position. So, next time you’re out shopping, spare a thought for those less fortunate and pop an extra tin in your trolley.

Russell and Russell Sponsors Bolton Pride 2017 in Support of LGBT Community (29/09/2017)

Once again, Russell and Russell is sponsoring Bolton Pride. The event, which shows support for diversity and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will take place from today until Monday. The weekend promises lots of activities, starting with a candle lit vigil from the Town Hall to Market Place, marking the official rainbow lights switch on. This will be followed by an LGBT film night at the Light Cinema in Bolton from 8pm.

The Diversity Carnival parade will take place from Queens Park on tomorrow morning at 11.00am, ending in Victoria Square where a huge party will be staged. Acts include Stooshie, BGT’s Olivia Archbold and The Voice’s Joe Keegan. There will also be an open air bar to help quench your thirst after all that dancing. In the evening, The Venue is hosting a Back to the 90s night, featuring multi-million selling, award winning, Brit nominated house music duo, Phats & Small.

On Sunday, Russell and Russell will have a stall in Victoria Square form 11.00am until 5.00pm. The event will include many other market stalls, service providers, games, ice creams, popcorn, candy floss and much, much more. On Monday 2nd October, Kerry Ellis flies into Bolton to star in Voices & Lyrics at Octagon Theatre Bolton, for the official closing event.

Having enjoyed a huge turnout in previous years, Bolton Pride has earned its stripes as one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar. The event is free and promises to be a fun day for all to enjoy.

As a firm that’s committed to equality, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year. To find out what else is going on, download the guide here. See you there!

Russell and Russell Shows its Support of LGBT Community With Sponsorship of Chester Pride 2017 (15/08/2017)

Once again, Russell and Russell is sponsoring Chester Pride. The event, which shows support for diversity and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will take place on Saturday 19th August.

The fun kicks off with a parade at 12 noon. Starting at Castle Square, it will make its way through the city centre before returning to the square to continue the celebrations. A huge party with music from 90s pop band, Bewitched, eighties legend, Sonia and Saffron, lead singer of alternative rock band Republica will play the main stage.

There’s also an original music stage as well as The Glitter Lounge, hosting cabaret acts. Throughout the day there will be stalls offering food and drink as well as a marketplace to buy goods and gather information.

Now in its fifth year, Chester Pride has earned its stripes as one of the highlights of the city’s social calendar. The event is free and promises to be a fun day for all the family to enjoy.

As a firm that is committed to equality, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year. If you're going, why not pop over to our stall to say hello? You can also chance your luck on our free raffle! To find out what else is going on, download the guide here. See you there!

Russell and Russell Sponsors the Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive – Sunday 23 April 2017 (11/04/2017)

Once again, Russell and Russell is sponsoring a huge cycling event on Sunday 23rd April.

The Lakeland Loop is a 69 mile ride, taking in the spectacular views of the Lake District. Cyclists will start from between 8:00am and 9:30am at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale.

The route isn’t competitive, but it does incorporate some grueling climbs, so is not for the faint hearted. There will be two food stops on route and free parking is available at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

In conjunction with the ride, we’re also holding a competition to win a king of the mountains Tour de France polka dot cycling jersey. To enter, go our Facebook page by clicking here.

More information, and entry, can be found at www.epicevents.co.uk. Entries will close at 12 noon on Thursday 20th April or when the event is full.

Judith takes on Everest base camp challenge (04/04/2017)

One of Russell and Russell's partners is set to take on one of the most physical challenges in the world in a bid to raise money for a local charity.

Judith Bromley, head of our wills and probate department, is heading to Nepal to complete a trek to Everest base camp.

On 14th April Judith, and her fellow fundraiser Gabrielle MacDonald, will fly to Nepal to prepare for the 12 day trek. Her mission is to raise funds to mark the 25th anniversary of Bolton Hospice, which has been providing free care for adults facing life-limiting illnesses since it opened its doors in 1992.

Starting her trek from the southern side of Everest, Judith will put her 12 months of training into practice to take on the epic 17,600 ft hike.

From Kathmandu, she will take a short plane ride to Lukla to begin a two day walk to the village of Namche Bazaar where she will begin her altitude acclimatisation. From there, she will trek for another two days to reach Dingboche, stopping to acclimatise again before making a further two day hike which will take her to Everest base camp.

“I’ve walked for many years and have always enjoyed it, but there’s something about pushing yourself that really appeals to me”, said Judith. “I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Bolton Hospice in 2015, which was such an amazing adventure it gave me an appetite to look for other challenges to help raise money. The walk to Everest base camp is going to be an experience of a lifetime and to be able to do it whilst raising funds for the Hospice is a fantastic opportunity.”

Anyone wishing to contribute towards Judith’s quest can make a donation via her just giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/judith-bromley1.

Russell and Russell Gets Back in the Saddle for the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive (16/02/2017)

Once again, Russell and Russell is sponsoring Epic Events Cycle Sportive, the Eden Valley Epic. Beginning at Penrith leisure centre on Sunday the 5th March, the 60 mile route will take cyclists towards the village of Orton before heading north to Appleby in Westmorland. The ride continues through the lanes of Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby before looping back to Penrith.

Starting between 8.00am and 10.30am, the sportive is expected to take anything between three and seven hours. Registration will be open from 7.00am with a maximum of 20 riders starting every two minutes. Places are limited to around 800 and entry is on a first come, first served basis.

On the day, all participants will be electronically timed and riders will be able to take home their own professional photo of themselves in action.

“The Eden Valley Epic is a fantastic event that can be enjoyed by serious cyclists as well as those who do it just for fun”, said Derrick Smethurst, head of Russell and Russell’s personal injury department.

The cost of entering the Eden Valley Epic is £25 and further information and can be found on the Epic Events website www.epicevents.co.uk/. And, for those looking to add to their kit, Russell and Russell is running a competition to win aLezyne Mini GPS Computer. Head to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/rrsolicitors to find out how to enter.

Fundraisers Get up for 10k Challenge to Help the Homeless (13/12/2016)

Two members of staff at our Chester branch are braving the elements to raise money for a homeless charity this Christmas.

Throughout the duration of advent, Tara Crisp and Richard Querelle are getting up an hour earlier than normal to cycle or run 10k to raise money for local charity, Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH).

“Christmas is a time of good will and showing kindness to others”, said Tara. “Homelessness is a modern day tragedy and winter – especially Christmas – is an awful time to be sleeping on the streets. The work that CATH does is vital to help those who find themselves with nowhere to live by providing a safe environment and a little respite from the cold. I appreciate Christmas is an expensive time of year, but homelessness can affect anyone at any time, so I would ask everyone to dig deep and donate a few pounds to help those less fortunate than themselves.”

CATH is based at the Harold Tomlins Centre on Upper Northgate Street in the centre of Chester. The charity is run by volunteers and provides year round support to help those living on the streets gain access to accommodation. The centre also offers shower and laundry facilities, a free clothing store, medical services and a food bank.

Anyone wishing to help Tara and Richard can donate at www.justgiving.com/Tara-Crispor www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Querelle. Alternatively, donations can also be made directly via Russell and Russell’s reception at 9 White Friars, Chester, CH1 1NZ. 

Bolton Hospice’s Make a Will Month (18/11/2016)

November is Bolton Hospice’s Make a Will Month and we’re supporting it to help raise vital funds. We’re offering to make or amend wills for just £25 + vat with a suggested minimum donation of £25 per person, made payable to Bolton Hospice.

Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell and Russell, said: “It’s great to be supporting the Hospice again this year. The firm has a longstanding relationship with the charity and Make a Will Month not only raises money for this fantastic local facility, but also encourages people to make a what’s perhaps one of the most important financial decisions of their lives.”

The firm is accredited with the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme and you can draw up your will at any of our branches. To make your appointment, call 01204 399 299.

Russell and Russell Solicitors support The Christie Make a Will Week (06/09/2016)

Russell and Russell Solicitors is once again partnering with The Christie charity for its ‘Make a Will Week’ campaign. The firm is offering to waive its fees between the 12th and 16th September in return for clients making a minimum donation of £95 for a single will, £150 for a pair - or mirror - wills or £40 for an update to an existing will.

Judith Bromley, head of the wills and probate department, said: “Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell and Russell Solicitors, said: “Cancer is a condition that affects everyone in one way or another and we want to do our bit to raise as much money as possible to help The Christie fight this terrible disease. Taking part in Will Week enables us to assist in generating those much need funds for The Christie to provide its invaluable care, treatment and support of patients and their families.”

For further information about Make a Will Week, or to book an appointment, call 01204 399 299 or 01244 405 700. 

Bolton Pride 2016 (13/07/2016)

Now in its second year, the main focus of this year’s Bolton Pride festival is to make the event more visible and to continue promoting a zero tolerance to hate crime. On Saturday, 24th September Bolton Pride will host its first ‘Love Bolton Hate Homophobia’ parade. Starting at 12 noon from Spa Road, the parade will move through the town, along Marsden Road and Deansgate before entering Victoria Square where there will be a free concert at the steps of the Town Hall.

Russell and Russell, The Venue, Bolton at Home and Be Safe, Bolton Strategic Partnership are sponsoring the event.

Amanda Connor, head of family law at Russell and Russell Solicitors, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Pride Parade. It’s the very first one and we’re really excited to be joining in the celebrations. We get a lot of enquiries from the LGBT community; anything from starting a family to cohabitation issues to adoption as well as making a will and moving home, so it was a natural choice for us to partner with Bolton Pride. It promises to be a fantastic event that everyone can get involved in and something that Bolton can be really proud of.”

“Bolton at Home is very excited to announce that, for the second year running, we are supporting Bolton Pride. The event last year was a huge success and this year will prove to be even bigger and better, with the introduction of the parade, which we are proud to sponsor”, said Jon Lord, chief executive officer of Bolton at Home

The parade will be made up of charity groups, support groups, service providers and local businesses which are going to stand with Bolton Pride to support a zero tolerance to hate crime. The Bolton Pride parade is a perfect way to bring the community together to support Bolton’s LGBT community and to celebrate Bolton’s wonderfully diverse community.

“Having a parade in our second year of Bolton Pride is really important. We are all living in difficult times and the increase in hate crime and fear of others who are different means that more than ever people need opportunities and spaces to come together to share and celebrate what we all have in common: a desire for joy and love”, added Lisa O’Neill Rogan, Bolton Pride co-founder.

Bolton Pride is looking for entries for this year’s parade, do you want to join in? If you’re interested in putting a walking entry or small vehicle into the parade please email lisa@boltonpride.com. Entries for the parade must be in by 5pm on 2nd September 2016.

For more information about this year’s Bolton Pride, visit www.boltonpride.co.uk

Russell and Russell Offering ‘Free’ Wills in April for Macmillan (31/03/2016)

Russell and Russell Solicitors is partnering with Macmillan Cancer Supportfor its ‘Make a Will Month’ campaign. Throughout April, the firm is offering to waive will writing fees for a donation of £50 per single will or £80 for a double, or mirror, will.

Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell and Russell, said: “We’re very proud to be supporting Macmillan again this year. The campaign not only raises money for the charity, but also encourages people to make a will when perhaps they may not have thought about it before. It’s one of the most important financial decisions you can make, so if we can get people thinking about it while raising money for such a worthwhile cause, it’s a win win for everyone.”

For further information about Make a Will Month, or to book an appointment, call 01204 399 299.

Charity Begins with a Plastic Bag (17/11/2015)

Russell and Russell is helping out local charity, Children Today in light of the government’s recent legislation on charging for the use of plastic bags.

The firm has paid to have plastic bags produced for staff at the charity’s shop, on Deansgate in Bolton town centre, to give to customers free of charge.

“This is really helpful,” explained Liz Oakes of Children Today. “We’ve had a number of people come into the shop and leave empty handed because we’ve had no bags to put their items in and they’ve not been able to carry them themselves, so the gift from Russell and Russell was very welcome.”

Jane Penman, personal injury partner at Russell and Russell and a part time volunteer at Children Today, added: “The firm has supported Children Today through a number of fundraising activities over the years, but we also wanted to do something that would give that little bit extra support to a local charity that does such worthwhile work within the community.”

Russell and Russell Solicitors Support Bolton Hospice's Make a Will Month (02/11/2015)

Russell and Russell Solicitors is partnering with Bolton Hospice to help raise vital funds via the charity’s Make a Will Month campaign. Throughout November, the firm is offering to make or amend single wills for just £25 with a suggested minimum donation of £25 made payable to Bolton Hospice.

Judith Bromley, head of the wills and probate at Russell and Russell, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Hospice again this year. The firm has a longstanding relationship with Bolton Hospice and Make a Will Month not only raises money for this fantastic local facility, but also encourages people to make a will when perhaps they may not have thought about it before.”

Russell and Russell, which is accredited with the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme, is offering the will service at its Bolton, Farnworth and Horwich branches. To make an appointment, call 01204 399 299.

Russell and Russell Solicitors Support the Christie Charity's Make a Will Week (15/09/2015)

Russell and Russell Solicitors are partnering with The Christie charity in September for their ‘Make a Will Week’ campaign. Between the 14th and 18th September, the firm is offering to waive will writing fees, asking instead for a suggested minimum donation of £90 per single will, £135 for a pair of mirror wills or £40 for an update to an existing will to be made to Christies.

Judith Bromley, managing partner and head of the wills and probate department, said: “We are extremely happy to offer our support to such a great cause. This scheme not only raises money for a fantastic charity but also encourages people to make a will when perhaps they may not have thought about it before.” Judith continued, “Make a Will Week is now in its sixth year and the money raised has made a huge difference to The Christie charity. We are delighted to be involved and have the opportunity to use our expert knowledge to give something back to the local community.”

For further information about Make a Will Week, or to book an appointment, call 01204 399299.

Russell and Russell Solicitors Offers Charity Will Writing Service in July (15/07/2015)

Russell and Russell Solicitors have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support throughout July by taking part in ‘will writing month’. The firm is offering a free standard will writing service to clients and will waiver their fees, asking instead for a suggested minimum donation of £50 per single will or £80 per double to be made to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Judith Bromley, managing partner and head of the wills and probate department, said: “We are delighted to lend our support to Macmillan by offering our services to the local community. £50 is equivalent to two hours of care from a Macmillan nurse and the money raised will provide crucial support to many people affected by cancer. It’s essential to plan for the future by putting your affairs in order and we’d encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity which is also for an extremely worthwhile cause.”

To book an appointment, or for more information, call 01204 399299 or visit www.russellrussell.co.uk