The Hampshire law firm, with offices in Southampton and Winchester, asked over 200 employees for their input in choosing which worthy causes would benefit from the firm’s fundraising efforts in celebration of its 200th anniversary.

Nick Vaughan, Senior Partner at Paris Smith LLP said: “As we start our 200th year of operation, support for our local community is a key part of our celebrations as a firm for 2018. The work which The Murray Parish Trust in partnership with Southampton Hospital Charity has done and continues to do, really struck a chord with our staff and subsequently they were the most popular choices for us to proceed with benefitting.

The Murray Parish Trust

The Murray Parish Trust was created by Sarah Parish and James Murray in 2014 in memory of their daughter Ella- Jayne who lost her life following congenital heart failure in 2009. To date, the Trust has raised nearly £400,000 for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital and is currently half way to raising £2 million, to create a state of the art, children’s emergency and trauma department at the hospital which in 2016 was awarded match funding by the government.

Sarah Parish, co-founder of the Murray Parish Trust said; “We are delighted to have been chosen in partnership with Southampton Hospital Charity as charity of the year by our very dear friends at Paris Smith. They have been a huge support to us since we started the Murray Parish Trust and continue to be so. On their 200th year we are especially honoured to have been chosen by them and hope this year is fruitful, happy and prosperous, to help us get to our target of two million. We are half way there, and Paris Smith will help us get the other half.”

Paris Smith commits itself to giving back to the local community and offers charity and not-for-profit organisations advice, training and support when appropriate through it’s free to join Charity Forum which has more than 300 members. It also encourages its staff to volunteer, be trustees, school governors and provide pro-bono advice.