At Larcomes we take our responsibility towards the community in which we live, seriously. We play an active role in the community, not only in business but also in community life.
Community spirit is actively encouraged firm-wide and as a firm, we support a very wide variety of local and national charities. However, our ongoing commitment to the local community does not stop with just the provision of legal services.
Over the past few years, we have raised money for the Portsmouth Young Carers by swimming from Gosport in Portsmouth to Ryde in the Isle of Wight and we also undertook ‘London’s River Marathon of 21.6 miles, to raise money for the local charity MHA: Fratton Live at Home to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives.
We have been supporters of the “The wheels for all” project which has been the main focus for the Pompey in the Community (PITC). Pompey in the Community – Wheels for all, is a community cycling scheme that offers adapted bikes and personal support to local adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, as well as older people at risk of isolation. Team Larcomes took on an epic bike ride late in 2018, to help raise much-needed sponsorship for this fantastic local cause.
We have sponsored Portsmouth Rugby Football Club and we are active supporters of the charity HASAG (a charity supporting Asbestos Disease Sufferers across the South of England). Over the years the firm has actively supported Portsmouth Downs Syndrome Association and in April 2018 the firm hosted the “Buddy Courage” quiz night, which was supported by local law firms and Portsmouth businesses alike, in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
For a number of years previously, we sponsored the Steve Claridge Football Foundation, which offers youngsters who have failed mainstream schooling (aged 16 to 18), the experience of gaining either BTEC or Apprenticeships qualifications through a specific sports programme combining the provision of sporting excellence with academic, vocational qualifications and life skills.
Over the years, Larcomes has supported a number of local Women’s Aid Refuges and purchased advent calendars for all the children and helpers at the largest Domestic Violence Refuge in Portsmouth. Staff were also encouraged to donate duplicate/unwanted gifts received for Christmas into a raffle, the proceeds of which were also given to the Refuge.
In 2019, the firm began supporting the charity ‘The LifeHouse’ which is a resource, support centre and kitchen that serves hot food in Albert Road, Southsea and whose aim is to target the immediate needs and issues surrounding homelessness and addiction for those in need in Southsea and Portsmouth. Several of the people that have used the Food Kitchen in the past now volunteer in the Kitchen to help them gain valuable work experience. The firm has been raising monies during the year through a series of dress-down days/cake bakes and is in the process of setting up a weekly counselling service for the users of The LifeHouse. Since March 2020, the firm has donated £1,697.20 to “The Lifehouse” and have donated clothing and half a dozen sleeping bags to help those most in need. For those people that needed to continue with their weekly counselling service with Larcomes, this has continued via Zoom.