Eversheds lawyers raise £5,000 in just 2 weeks with YouTube video

Charity partner helps boost our Christmas fundraising with their very own rendition of Little Drummer Boy

Michael Clavell-Bate and James Batham, litigation lawyers at legal firm Eversheds, wanted to do something fun and challenging to raise money for us over the Christmas period. The result? An entertaining rendition of 'Little Drummer Boy'.

Their YouTube video has been viewd more than 1,300 times and includes some "behind the scenes" footage of how the pair prepared for the challenge. 

"Being happy, safe and confident in your most tender and early years is so important. Playing a very small part in offering a line to those who might have that opportunity taken away – well we have no better reason than that to make fools of ourselves."
James Batham / NSPCC supporter and Litigation Lawyer, Eversheds

Asked what motivated them to take up the challenge and how it was, James said:
"Obviously we are born singers! The real reason is that we both wanted to something fun and somewhat different... setting a challenging target and then really going for it. [It was] very hard to keep a straight face. If you look you will see one or two sideways glances!

"We personally and the firm have a wider corporate responsibility and opportunity to support the most important causes and in this way we could quickly reach out to and connect to a large number of people both in the business outside of the business."

We're an official charity partner of Eversheds and both Michael and James have personally supported great causes like ours all their working lives. The pair's challenge to raise £5,000 for us was part of Evershed's 'Hark the Legal Eagles Sing' Christmas charity fundraising campaign, where they asked colleagues, clients, friends and family to donate in return for Michael and James performing 'Little Drummer Boy' on video.

You can read more about the campaign on their JustGiving fundraising page. Far from being embarrased, the pair are planning on "going bigger" this year.

Eversheds employees have really got behind the charity partnership. They have volunteered at local NSPCC service centres, ran marathons, taken on various challenge events, and Cardiff, Manchester and London offices all generously donated children's presents to local NSPCC service centres last Christmas. Employees have also raised money through various events held across their offices including:

  • treasure hunts
  • bake offs
  • Christmas fairs
  • tuck shops
  • dress down days

To date, Eversheds have raised almost £76,000 during our partnership, helping to support our ChildLine Schools Service. Thank you Michael, James and all the other Eversheds staff who have put so much effort into supporting our work.