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There was a good turnout at the 49th Legal Charities Garden Party [LCGP] in Middle Temple Gardens on the evening of Thursday 6 July. Over 700 people attended, including incoming Law Society President Joe Egan and outgoing President, Robert Bourns.
A brass band played while guests mingled in the sunshine, visiting 15 organisations, including law firms and chambers, ranged around the gardens. LCGP is the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society, and it was set up in 1968 with the aim of raising funds for charities which support lawyers and their dependents.
LawCare is one of the beneficiary charities, as are the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association, the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, The CILEx Benevolent Fund, and the IBC Benevolent Fund.
“It was great to see so many at the party,” says Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare. “Most of the LawCare team were there, including our chair Bronwen Still, and it was a great opportunity to meet our supporters, old and new.
“The LCGP has raised over £500,000 for the charities since 1987 alone. It is important that the legal profession as a whole – including the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and legal executives – get behind the LCGP so that it, in turn, can financially support the charities that provide assistance.
“It goes without saying that we at LawCare are extremely grateful for the support we receive from the LCGP.”