LAW firm Coodes Solicitors has raised £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, funding more than 536 hours of nurses’ time and supporting a centre in Cornwall.

Staff from across Coodes’ network of offices in Cornwall and Devon took part in a number of events over the course of two years, from July 2017 to July 2019.

Their efforts have raised much-needed funds for The Cove Macmillan Support Centre in Truro, Cornwall’s only dedicated cancer information and support centre.

Lucy Theobald, partner in Coodes Solicitors’ family team, said: “We are thrilled to have raised so much money for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Cove Macmillan Support Centre, as Coodes’ chosen charity of the year.

“Sadly, everyone is, or will be, affected by cancer in one way or another, and I think that is why so many people got behind this wonderful cause. One in two of us will suffer from cancer in some point in our lives, which is a really scary statistic.

“I had the opportunity to visit The Cove to see where the money we had raised would go, which was both positive and really sad at the same time. There are so many amazing people working there, who make it a wonderful place to be in such difficult circumstances.”

Macmillan Cancer Support was the firm’s Charity of the Year for two consecutive years.

Fundraising events included dress down days, Macmillan coffee mornings, donations from raffles and tuck shops, and a sponsored lunchtime walk by Coodes’ Residential Property team.

Coodes presented a cheque for £15,000 to representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support at this year’s Macmillan Christmas Fair, held at the Eden Project.

An additional £1,500 has previously been raised through the inaugural Great Coodes Christmas Cake Off at the Macmillan Christmas Fair in 2018.

Emma Wright, Senior fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support (Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) said: “On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, I would like to express a huge thank you to everyone at Coodes for the amazing cheque. This is an absolutely incredible donation and we are so very grateful to the whole team at Coodes for everything they have done to support us.”

“We know that Macmillan isn’t currently reaching everyone who needs us, so these funds will help us to do more to help people live life as fully as they can. Places like The Cove Macmillan Support Centre in Truro allow us to provide physical, financial and emotional support, and since the centre opened in 2016 over 45,000 people have walked through its doors.”

Coodes Solicitors’ current charity of the year, selected by a staff vote, is The Sowenna Appeal, which is raising money to create the first ever mental health hospital for young people in Cornwall.