Harrison Drury’s CSR Team was formed in the early part of 2018; Rebecca Patience leads, with Kate Aspinall and Josephine Ryding also forming part of the team.
Rebecca is the lead of our CSR team. She is a solicitor here at Harrison Drury and in her spare time she spends enjoys volunteering in the local community. Currently Rebecca is working with LUV Preston, assisting them in their work with the local homeless community. She spends her Tuesday evenings volunteering with the charity to provide a warm evening meal to local homeless people. Rebecca has recently assisted in the organisation of charity events to raise funds and awareness for charities such as Endometriosis UK, Bolton Hospice and has also been involved in a number of volunteering projects abroad spending time in both Romania and Zambia working in orphanages and assisting with food distribution.
Rebecca has been involved in a number of different pro-bono schemes, offering her time as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Lancaster and working with a local Innocence Project. Rebecca has also supported UCLAN’s law clinic, providing assistance and guidance to students in their work within the free law clinic.
Rebecca is also passionate about assisting the future generates establishing a career in the legal sector. She has attended careers fairs with local high schools, attend networking sessions with UCLAN Students and has had work experience students shadow her in her work as a family law solicitor.
Josephine works within the residential conveyancing department and was motivated to join the CSR team as she believes that we can do more for the community and hopefully inspire other businesses to do the same. As a team we strive to improve the lives of others and the community in any way we can. Josephine has always been interested in trying to help and understand others, as a child she helped out with family days at Buckley Hall Prison and has recently volunteered at the Trust house Lancashire, which is a charity offering free counselling services and help, for people of any age who have suffered sexual abuse. She is a follower of the Autistic Society and is extremely interested in disability in relation to law.
Kate Aspinall is PA to our Executive Chairman and part of the Operations team in Preston. Kate has always taken an interest in charity and community work, more recently completing the St Catherine’s Moonlight Walk and Great North Swim in aid of raising funds for different charities. Throughout sixth form college Kate was part of the Charities Committee who focused on giving back to local causes through fundraising and also giving up her time to help out with community projects, one of which was to clean up and refurbish one of the local park/play areas. Kate has taken a keen interest in looking after the environment, whether this be through looking at more sustainable ways to source the tea/coffee/fruit in our office, or looking at ways to save electricity and water in the office – as an organisation Kate was able to sign us up to the ‘Carbon Trust Fund’ meaning that all the lights in the refurbished offices now run on LED energy saving bulbs. Kate’s hope is that by being part of our CSR Team we can really make a difference to the environment in which our staff work, and the way in which we do business, to ensure we continue to work sustainably. Kate hopes that we can also have an impact on the lives of local people by giving up our time to help the communities around us.