Law firm takes action against rare genetic disorder

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Action Duchenne, a national charity that researches into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has received a cheque for £2,300 from the staff of Plymouth law firm, GA Solicitors.

Action Duchenne was named the firm’s charity of the year after being voted in by the firm’s 74 employees. Over the last 12 months, it has benefitted from a wide variety of fundraising efforts by the team such as dress down days, bake sales, quiz nights and sporting activities.

The charity supports research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a mutation in the dystrophin gene that over time causes muscles to weaken and waste away. Since 2001, Action Duchenne has supported families affected by Duchenne, researched and improved life expectancy for patients and campaigned and educated the public on the disease.

The money raised by GA Solicitors’ team will be put towards developing effective treatments, building a community by uniting families, raising awareness and helping create a more inclusive society.

GA Solicitors has a strong track record of supporting charities having last year fundraised £3,300 for local bereavement charity Little Things & Co. 

Stephen Ramsden, managing partner at GA Solicitors, commented: “Action Duchenne is a deserving small charity that is not only looking to improve the lives of those living with Duchenne, but also supports their families and creates a sense of community.

“The team has worked hard to raise such a large amount of money that no doubt will make a real difference to the charity and the amount of work it can undertake” 

Samantha Turner, community fundraiser at Action Duchenne, added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the team at GA Solicitors. They’ve raised an incredible amount which is a testament to their dedication to our cause. The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of all those living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and on behalf of our entire community I would like to thank them for their life changing support.”

GA Solicitors’ nominated charity for 2019/20 is Plymouth Hospitals Charity’s Keep Me Close appeal. Run by Derriford Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Keep Me Close aims to support the parents of newborn babies that need to stay in ICU for a long time by providing accommodation in the hospital, close to their babies, at a very difficult time.

With more than 200 years of heritage, GA Solicitors is a leading Plymouth law firm with 74 members of staff offering guidance across seven specialist departments: business; family; employment; dispute resolution; wills, trusts & probate; conveyancing and personal injury.