Royds Withy King Charities and Community
Royds Withy King has a strategy to provide help in local communities and since 2010 we have donated over £100,000 to our chosen charities. Our staff are given 2 days off each year to support a charity of their choice to give something back to the communities they work in.
Our specialist Asbestos and Mesothelioma Team have their own "Action Mesothelioma Day" ceremony in Queens Park in Swindon. This is held every summer to remember loved ones lost to mesothelioma cancer and to raise awareness of the continuing dangers of asbestos in the local community and around the country. There are talks from our team and former clients are invited to speak about their experiences of dealing with mesothelioma.
Action Mesothelioma Day
Our team regularly attend and promote events from mesothelioma charities. In 2019 Helen Childs, Rachel James and Jennifer Seavor from the Royds Withy King asbestos team demonstrated their dedication to helping local mesothelioma sufferers by walking across fire.
The event took place in Portsmouth and was organised by HASAG - the Hampshire Asbestos Support Group Portsmouth was chosen due to it's naval and ship building heritage making it a hotspot for asbestos cancer and other diseases.
HASAG raised more than £5,000 from the fire walk and plan combine this with the money raised at their Action Mesothelioma Day event, to improve local care for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Helen Childs, our lead solicitor and a partner at Royds Withy King has recently been appointed to Mesothelioma UK’s Board of Trustees. Helen is nationally-renowned for successfully pursuing complex industrial diseases legal claims and has represented the claimant in several recently reported decisions which have clarified and advanced the law with regard to those affected by mesothelioma.
Commenting on her new role, Helen said:
“ I am so proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to help Mesothelioma UK by becoming a trustee. I am such a strong supporter of this amazing charity.
The support it provides to individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma is invaluable, and it is also a valuable resource for healthcare professionals involved in their treatment. It’s a privilege to be able to help this amazing charity, which is run by such a fabulous team. ”
Jennifer Seavor has recently been invitied on to the Board of Trustees at Prospect Hospice in Swindon. Prospect have played a vital role in providing end of life care and support for some of our mesothelioma claimants local to Swindon.
“ It is a real honor to have been appointed to the Board and I am looking forward to really getting under the skin of the Hospice and using my skills help ensure future sustainability, meaning that more people can benefit from the care and support they can provide.
My work in acting for people with terminal asbestos related diseases has really shown me the value of tailored and kind end of life care . . .
Everyone should be able to die well and good care can transform the experience for loved ones left behind as well. Losing someone you love is never easy but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Prospect are dedicated to helping those in the local community who need there support and I am truly privileged to be able to volunteer for Prospect. ”
The Mavis Nye Foundation
Mavis Nye aged 78, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009, more than 50 years after being exposed to asbestos dust on her husbands overalls from his work at Chatham dockyard in Kent. She has undergone many treatments and suffered from their side effects. She was the first person to have such a good response to immunotherapy treatment with significant tumour shrinkage.
With her husband, Ray constantly at her side, Mavis has continued to provide help and support to sufferers all over the world. The Mavis Nye Foundation was created by Mavis to support and inspire individuals affected by mesothelioma and raise funds for research into asbestos-related cancer.
Mavis says that she has been given another chance at life so that she can help other sufferers. It is hoped that the Mavis Nye Foundation will provide a legacy to continue to help sufferers with this devastating disease.
We are proud to have been able to support Mavis’ charity with a donation and one of our solicitors, Nicky Howe is Secretary and Trustee the Foundation (Registered Charity No: 1172765)
Our communities, The environment and sustainability
Aside from building relationships with our clients, central to our everyday working lives is also our relationship with our communities. Rewards do not just come in the form of financial ones; making and seeing a difference is very fulfilling for everyone at Royds Withy King, and we always look to find new ways we can contribute and give back.
We are also constantly monitoring our working practices to reduce waste and minimise our carbon footprint on the environment. We are also committed to providing a working environment that embraces equal opportunities and diversity across the firm.