In the wake of a very stormy night and some impressively strong winds earlier this week, it’s clear that winter is well and truly upon us. The clocks have changed, the days are suddenly that bit colder and the nights longer, and the raincoats and brollies have come out in force. With the forecast looking dark and damp until spring, it’s high time, then, for some much needed winter warmth and festive cheer – cue Santa’s Elves!
The Elves joined us after Woodfines recently entered a team to take part in the annual Accumulator Challenge run by the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge, and so now our very own team of festive folk are lodging with us over the next month to help raise funds and spread cheer in the run up to Christmas. With a wide array of activities planned, from bake sales and raffles, to present-wrapping and Christmas card delivery services across our offices, the Elves have their work cut out for them. Luckily, they will be helped along by our five trainees; Nick Conway, Alice Wooler, Sarah Keens, Will Padmore and Chris Northway.
Each team that takes part in the Accumulator Challenge is given a £50 note by the Hospice and three months to accumulate as much profit as possible, all of which is then donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. The Accumulator Challenge runs from 6 October until 31 December with a celebration evening in the New Year to announce the total raised by each team. Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridgeshire’s only adult hospice, works in partnership with UnitingCare to provide specialist palliative care and support to patients and their family, friends and carers, free of charge, across much of the county.
I am looking forward to getting involved in the Christmas magic over the next few weeks. While life in the Cambridge office is as busy as ever and – getting my teeth stuck into all aspects of Private Client and Residential Conveyancing work – I think it’s important for trainees to be able to take part in other activities too. Helping our Elfish friends to raise money for the Accumulator Challenge is yet another way for trainees to take part in activities outside of their day-to-day roles at Woodfines, and there are lots of other opportunities coming up in the coming weeks. For example, Will and I will be visiting Anglia Ruskin University next week to assess mock interviews and give guidance to assist law students prepare for the first step as lawyers. There’s always scope to engage outside of the office at Woodfines, now especially as we near December and goodwill is high. With the firm’s Christmas party and the prospect of the trainee pantomime performance looming (no pressure!), I think it’s fair to say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
My next blog entry will be in the New Year, so until then I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a little Christmas magic to stave off those chilly winter nights.