“Of the community and for the community”: HCR Law’s CSR work praised by Cheltenham MP

13th May 2024

A photo of Rachel Roberts, Kristine Scott and Alex Chalk

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk visited HCR Law’s Cheltenham office on Friday 3 March to celebrate the launch of the firm’s latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The event, which saw representatives from the Cheltenham team’s four charity partners – Gloucestershire’s The Pied Piper Appeal, Stroud-based Nelson Trust, Three Counties blood cancer charity Linc and the Cheltenham Hospital Oncology garden – in attendance, welcomed staff members past and present to the office’s reception for a morning of coffee and cakes.

Rachel Roberts, who leads the office’s CSR initiatives, said: “For years, we’ve embraced CSR – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because we genuinely care. Our commitment to CSR helps us connect with the community, help others in need and work together.”

Alex Chalk, who is also Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, praised the work the Cheltenham team has carried out and supported with, saying: “HCR Law’s work is of the community and for the community.”

Head of Cheltenham Office Krissy Scott said: “Giving – whether that’s in the form of donations or our time – is something which is very close to the Cheltenham office’s heart. It’s great to be able to hear about the work our chosen charities have been doing and how our support has helped.”

The morning was also a celebration of Captain John Rickerby, a descendant of the firm’s founder. Captain Rickerby served in the 2/5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment in WW2, and is commemorated in the Cheltenham office. A display in the firm’s reception features a short biography, photos of and taken by Captain Rickerby, and a heartfelt letter from soldier Will Wintle, who served with Captain Rickerby in the battlefield and was with him when he lost his life. Also on display was the cross made for Captain Rickerby when he died, which lay in Holnon, France, in 1918.

The re-launched CSR initiatives include July’s charity netball tournament, which welcomes businesses from across the county to a competitive netball match, a summer charity event and a Christmas quiz in December, which will see range of businesses compete against each other in teams. The firm will also support their chosen charities through attending events either as participants or as staffing support.

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