“City law firm Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP (RCB) today announce an exciting partnership between the RCB Foundation and Peckham-based youth charity United AllStars to help disadvantaged children in London and Africa.
The three year partnership seeks to raise £10,000 in the first twelve months in order to enable AllStars to work for a year with an additional forty disadvantaged children in south London and provide five more places at the Empire Children’s Refuge for abandoned street children in Dakar, Senegal
Wembley winner and AllStars’ alumni midfielder Daniel Johnson has welcomed the partnership whilst former Chelsea star and Senegal international footballer Demba Ba has encouraged people to donate to the AllStars’ children who will be raising money through sponsored events over the summer.
RCBs staff will participate with the children and volunteers of United AllStars on a summer of sponsored runs, walks and swims including the London Triathlon to raise funds for the charity. In total, around 300 children and volunteers from AllStars will be taking part in these events. 75% of funds raised from these sponsored events will go to support AllStars’ work with 25% of funds raised going to Senegal.
The company will provide work experience placements for the charity’s young people and support the charity with pro-bono legal advice. The company’s charitable Foundation will also cover the costs of a fundraising dinner taking place in the autumn.
RCB Senior Member Partner, Steven Reynolds said:
“We are delighted to be a sponsor and partner of United AllStars. One of our solicitors, Neil Shah, volunteers as a coach for the charity and we are delighted to support such a deserving cause.
The charity changes the lives of disadvantaged children in London by providing them with mentoring and competitive sport that helps them to develop discipline, self-confidence and goals in life. It’s a traditional charity in the sense that the management are all unpaid volunteers so the money they raise goes directly towards supporting the children. At the same time, they are a very modern charity in terms of how they measure the impact of their work and seek to improve all the time.
In addition to partnering with United AllStars to help disadvantaged children in London, we look forward to working with them to help children in the third world. We have connections in Africa and hope to work with United AllStars to help football make a difference to the lives of young African children and their families.
We share the same values as United AllStars and look forward to our partnership with them”
The Secretary of United AllStars charity, Joe Dobson welcomed the partnership with RCB
“We are really excited about this partnership. We’ve found RCB to be a unique firm. We both believe in developing relationships for the long-term, in striving for success and in helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This agreement will help the charity change the lives of more children in London and Africa.”
Daniel Johnson, young player of the year for Preston North End and winner of the League 1 play off final in May 2015, said,
“I welcome this partnership between RCB and United AllStars. I was supported by the charity from the age of 11 to the age of 16. Not only did they provide me with high quality football coaching but also they gave me a sense of belonging. It felt like my home. I hope this partnership can raise money to help more children in London”
Speaking whilst meeting AllStars’ children on the day of Chelsea FC’s title parade, Demba Ba and his former Chelsea team-mates signed shirts for auction for the AllStars’ fundraising campaign and met some of the children who themselves will be raising money. Ba made a simple appeal,
“Please help these children raise money for Senegal”.
Anyone wishing to donate can find a link on the AllStars website www.allstars.london