Stephensons, the national law firm, has donated £2,000 to a city centre ‘street angels’ group as part of the firm’s commitment to working with communities across the UK.
Head of Regulatory and Criminal Justice, Sean Joyce met with group chairperson, Rachel Goddard and volunteers from Manchester Street Angels, to learn more about the charity’s work and present the donation.
Manchester Street Angels provides teams of volunteers to help patrol the streets of Manchester, during busy periods, provide support for vulnerable people, those who have over-indulged on alcohol and relieve pressure on the emergency services.
The project officially launched in November 2014 and forms part of CNI Network which supports 130 similar initiatives operating in towns and cities across the UK and overseas.
Rachel said: "We’re thrilled to be receiving this donation. £2,000 is a massive amount of money to us and will help improve and expand the project across the city centre.
“Manchester is a huge, vibrant and diverse city – even more so on Friday and Saturday nights. With everything that the city has to offer, it’s inevitable that some people will find themselves in a vulnerable situation, particularly where alcohol is involved.
“With the support of businesses like Stephensons, we can make sure we are there when we are most needed.”
The donation follows a high-profile awareness campaign by Stephensons, which revealed a rise in anti-social and violent behaviour today (Friday 18 December) – also known as ‘Mad Friday’ – leads to a 125 per cent rise in the demand for criminal law services.
Sean Joyce, Head of Regulatory and Criminal Justice at Stephensons, said: “So-called ‘mad Friday’ is one of the busiest days of the year for our solicitors and we experience a huge jump in enquiries as Christmas party season reaches its peak.
“In the vast majority of cases, this phenomenon is directly attributable to over indulgence, where increased alcohol consumption can cloud a person’s judgement and cause them to act out of character. Many of those we are asked to represent are first-time offenders whose behaviour gets out of hand and results in a night in the cells, or even a criminal record.
“The work of Manchester Street Angels is invaluable in making sure nights out in Manchester are memorable for all the right reasons. They are a fantastic organisation and I am proud to be able to support their work.”
For more information on Manchester Street Angels, visit: www.manchesterstreetangels.com