Over £12,500 Raised for Shine A Light in 2018!

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The leader of a Coventry-based childhood cancer charity has thanked one of the city’s law firms for helping them to overcome the most difficult year in their history.

This time last year Shine A Light Support Service – which supports families affected by childhood cancer – had to leave Coventry Point with no initial alternative accommodation.

Charity founder Sam Schoolar eventually found new premises at the Koco Community Centre at Spon End, and joined forces with Band Hatton Button who adopted Shine A Light as their charity partner for 2018, which went on to raise more than £12,500 throughout the year.

“The donations from Band Hatton Button has quadrupled the annual income we are used to, and without that money it has given us the confidence to move forward from what was a very bleak situation,” said Sam.

“Without those funds we would have been looking at a very different future, but we now have two spaces at the Koco Community Centre where we support around 40 families a month.

“We have a play area for children and a café area for parents which means we can lay on coffee mornings and introduce structured play activities.

“We also have a separate space for private counselling which means we can provide a useful, rounded service for people who are doing through some of their darkest days.

“We’ve seen a big spike in enquiries for our services over the last couple of months – driven by word of mouth and referrals from hospitals – so we are appealing for as many donations as possible to help us keep up with demand.

“The two most popular services are the counselling and the trips that we do because that’s when families can socialise with others who have gone through similar experiences to them.

“We are also introducing some academic sessions for youngsters who can learn about coding and how to create their own game or website – it’s something different that helps to take their minds off what they are going through.”

Over the past year Band Hatton Button has hosted a charity ball, taken part in the Lake District Six Peaks Challenge and organised a quiz night in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kenilworth to raise funds, with staff also helping to decorate the charity’s new base.

Sarah Jordan, Head of Marketing and Client Relations at Band Hatton Button, added: “This has been one of the most rewarding years for us as a firm having seen the difference that our fundraising has made.

“We’re hoping news of Shine A Light’s revival will inspire other businesses to reach out and help them grow further – they provide an invaluable support to families who are going through extreme difficulty.”

For more information about Shine A Light, visit


Photo caption: From left, Jonathan Miller (Rotary Club of Kenilworth), Dina Parmar (Band Hatton Button), Kristy Ainge (Band Hatton Button) and Sam Schoolar (Shine A Light Support Service).

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Band Hatton Button Challenge

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A group of Coventry solicitors are preparing to put their best foot forward on a gruelling trek to raise funds for families affected by childhood cancer.

A team of ten from city centre based law firm Band Hatton Button are aiming to complete the Lake District 6 Peaks Challenge within eight hours on Saturday, September 29 to raise more than £500 for Shine A Light Support Service, in what they are calling ‘The Band Hatton Button Challenge.’

This involves a 14-mile walk starting and finishing in the village of Buttermere, and will see them climbing summits such as Red Pike (2,476 feet), Haystacks (1,958 feet), Dale Head (2,470 feet) and Robinson (2,418 feet).

Shine A Light Support Service is based at the Koco Community Centre just off Spon End, and is supporting 35 families a month in Coventry and Warwickshire, ranging from counselling sessions for parents through to putting on activities and trips for children and teenagers.

Sam Schoolar, founder of Shine A Light Support Service, said: “We rely solely on donations from the general public to help families that are going through the darkest of times, so we are extremely grateful to Band Hatton Button for their continued support.

“They recently donated £10,000 to us from their charity ball and this latest fundraising challenge reflects the strong relationship that we have developed with one of Coventry’s leading businesses.

“The money raised will go to a variety of causes. It could fund a welcome pack for one of our families, which is designed to help them spend quality time together, or it could help us to put on a night of bowling or a trip to the cinema.”

Sarah Avern, Head of Residential Property at Band Hatton Button, will be joined on the charity challenge by her colleagues Jade Dooley, Ruth Whitehouse, Rani Bola, Niki Papworth, Kate McNamara, Daniel Blood, Peter Martin, Sherelyn Ali and Kelly Hennell. The team are a mix of lawyers and support staff.

Sarah added: “Shine A Light’s work has resonated with a lot of our work force and we think this is a great opportunity for us to push ourselves and have fun for a great cause.

“It is going to literally be an uphill challenge, so the team training is in full flow.

“We’re really hoping that we can beat our fundraising target, so if anybody has any spare change we’d be extremely grateful for their support.”

To sponsor the Band Hatton Button team’s Lake District 6 Peaks Challenge visit


Photo caption: From left; Niki Papworth, Rani Bola, Kate McNamara, Kelly Hennell, Daniel Blood, Sarah Avern, Peter Martin, Jade Dooley, Sherelyn Ali and Ruth Whitehouse

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Record night of fundraising for childhood cancer charity

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Reading Time: 2 minutes More than £10,000 has been raised in one night for Coventry and Warwickshire families affected by childhood cancer.

Team help pack more than 50k meals to tackle hunger

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Tens of thousands of meals have been donated and packed in Coventry in just one day to help starving families in the UK and overseas.

More than 300 volunteers – including 20 staff from Coventry solicitors Band Hatton Button – came together at King Edward VIII School on Warwick Road to pack 50,112 meals for the Tackling Hunger project.

Around 815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need for a healthy life, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

The Trussell Trust, which has 400 food banks around the UK, also revealed it provided nearly 1.2 million food parcels to starving people in Britain last year.

The challenge was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kenilworth and Leamington Spa Regency along with Rise Against Hunger which co-ordinates the distribution of aid, The Trussell Trust and King Henry VIII School.

Around 250 kilos of food was also donated to the Trussell Trust, while volunteers also donated £1,000 to the food bank for equipment to support their work.

Meals packed on the day were made up of ingredients such as lentils, maze, rice and hydration sachets.

Jonathan Miller is the President of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and co-led on the organisation of the Tackling Hunger event.

He said: “To have made up 50,000 meals is a brilliant effort, so I’d like to say a big thank-you to every single volunteer who came along on the day.

“It was fantastic to see so many generations and organisations coming together to help make a difference at a time when the number of people accessing food banks are on the rise.

“The day was a good opportunity to raise awareness of just how many people are going hungry, and will hopefully inspire everybody who attended on the day to help with similar events in the future.

“Such was the success of this event we are already planning to hold another event next year, so watch this space.”

Other volunteers that joined Band Hatton Button on the day included those from King Henry VIII School, Campion School, Kenilworth School, the Air and Sea Cadets, Guides and Heart of England Rotary Clubs.

Sarah Jordan, head of marketing and client relations at Band Hatton Button, added: “In addition to providing volunteers, our £1,000 sponsorship of the event has funded more than 4,000 meals.

“The day was a real eye-opener into how serious this issue is, and hopefully as the word spreads, the next event can be even bigger.”

5 Year Anniversary Heralds New Era

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Reading Time: 2 minutes A new era is being heralded at a Band Hatton Button as we celebrate our five year anniversary since we were formed. We are looking to the future by building on our strong growth and development as we celebrate the special anniversary on 6 April.

Band Hatton Button Shine A Light on Charity

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Band Hatton Button are undertaking a fundraising drive to support families in Coventry and Warwickshire affected by childhood cancer, through Shine a Light Support Service.

Supporting a Local Estate Agent Running London Marathon for Scope

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Band Hatton Button are supporting Elizabeth Davenport Director Nick Luntley in running the London Marathon later this year.

Helping the Rotary Club to Tackle Hunger

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The Rotary Clubs of Kenilworth and Leamington Spa Regency are urging others in the region to join them and a group of solicitors in the fight to tackle hunger.

Our new chosen charity and why we chose it!

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Charity Ball 2018

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We are delighted to announce that we are hosting a Charity Ball…

Date: Friday 11 May 2018

Timings: 7pm for 7.30pm until Midnight

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, Walsgrave, Coventry

Dress code: Black tie

To book: Tables of 10 are available at £450, or individual places at £45*

*Bookings can be secured with a £15pp deposit with balance to be settled by 11 April (full payment can also be made at the time of booking)

The ticket price includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a three course dinner and half a bottle of wine each. There will also be a live band, disco, auction, raffle and more!

The proceeds from the Ball will go to Shine a Light Support Service.

Please contact Sarah Jordan via or T: 024 7649 3109 to book places

Click here to download a copy of the invite.

We also welcome donations of prizes and have sponsorship opportunities available.  Please contact Sarah Jordan (as above) for more information.

Shine a Light

Shine a Light Support Service offer a unique range of services to support families affected by childhood cancer in Coventry and Warwickshire. Shine a Light’s services include: drop in sessions at their Family Centre in Coventry city centre, parent and toddler groups, a teen social group, activity days and day trips, home visits and activity and therapy sessions.