14th July 2022, Oxfordshire: Nicola Poole, Director of Culture and Innovation at Oxford-based law firm, Hedges Law, held the first of many fundraising events last week (7th July) in partnership with Ridge and Partners LLP, in support of the Women Supporting Women (WSW) initiative at The Prince’s Trust.
Set up in 2018 by Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company, WSW aims to raise £10 million by 2023 to ensure that young women can be supported by the Trust to overcome barriers into jobs, education and training, or to start their own businesses. As a WSW Ambassador, Nicola will support the Trust’s target by raising £15,000 over three years so that ten young women can gain the confidence, skills and support they need to succeed.
Over forty senior female leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs from a range of industries came together for the ‘Lilies and Lunch’ event, co-hosted by Hedges Law and Ridge and Partners LLP, at the exclusive Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. All guests were treated to a flower arranging masterclass held by TV presenter and florist to the stars and Royals, Simon Lycett, followed by a fundraising raffle to win a range of luxurious prizes donated by local businesses in Oxfordshire, including a VIP shopping experience at Bicester Village, a hamper from Anne Haimes Interior Design & Boutique in Henley and a salon experience at the Matthew Clulee Hair Spa.
Nicola Poole said: “It was great to co-host the Lilies and Lunch event with Ridge and Partners LLP at such a magnificent setting as Soho Farmhouse. It was a fantastic day and I was blown away by the support we got from local businesses that helped to make this event such a success. I’d like to thank the wonderful women that attended for their generosity, all the local businesses that donated such amazing gifts, and Simon Lycett for helping to make this such a special event.”
“I feel honoured to be a Women Supporting Women ambassador, helping young women achieve their ambitions, overcome their obstacles and reach their potential, as it’s something I feel very passionate about. It‘s brilliant that we raised more than £1,000 in our first fundraising event and we can’t wait to host more to achieve our target of £15,000 and change women’s lives!”
Hedges Law also has offices in the Cotswold, London and Wallingford supporting clients on all aspects of their lives: with family and property law advice, dispute resolution, as well as advising on wills, probate and inheritance planning.