Lawyers cook up cash for homeless

Maureen Hogg, Kate Emmett and Joanne Major with the fundraising cake for the People's Kitchen.
Maureen Hogg, Kate Emmett and Joanne Major with the fundraising cake for the People's Kitchen.

A PONTELAND firm mixed celebrations with charity at a recent Ladies Night.

Joanne Major, of Major Family Law, hosted the event at Fratelli, Bell Villas, to mark its Top Tier ranking in the Legal 500 UK series and raise money for Newcastle-based homeless charity The People’s Kitchen.

Students from her former school, Central Newcastle High, were on hand to serve drinks and canapés and guests were also treated to their very own bejewelled cupcake or cake pop from Kate Emmett of Cake Poppins.

Ms Emmett also produced a magnificent cake, which was given to The People’s Kitchen along with the £700 raised on the evening.

Many prizes for the fund-raising raffle were donated by local businesses as well as clients and contacts of Major Family Law.

Ms Major said: “This has been a fantastic year for our business and our top tier ranking in the Legal 500 is the icing on the cake.

“Sadly, it has not been a great year for everyone in the region and we are delighted to be able to support The People’s Kitchen, which does such wonderful work with very vulnerable and disadvantaged people.”

Maureen Hogg, Communications Director of The People’s Kitchen, explained that since the recession of 2008 there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of homeless people in the area, with 60 per cent of them under 25 years old.

It provides a centre and mobile catering unit, which enables the charity to reach out to more than 650 people each week.

Mrs Hogg said: “It’s lovely to see Joanne and Major Family Law once again supporting The People’s Kitchen. We’re very grateful. At this time of year and in the current economic climate, fundraising is hard. The charity is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers and all the money raised today really will help people in need.”