Good causes

Dating back to our origins in the Nineteenth Century, RJR has always aspired to be something more than just another law firm. For years we had a strong reputation for assisting local charities and community organisations. In recent years the firm has done a mix of donations and ‘Good Cause Draws’. For the "Good Cause Draws" staff and local organisations nominate their favourite good cause. These then go into the RJR ‘hat’ with a donation made to the cause which is drawn out. Some of those we have supported include: 

SOUP and the Rainbow Club

A soup event is "crowd funding" on a local scale. In November 2016 at Aspire in Ryde such an event saw four local groups "pitch" for the money donated by the audience. After all had enjoyed the soup provided by Aspire the votes were counted and the evenings funds went to the Rainbow Club, including £250 from RJR. The Rainbox Club gives invaluable help and support to local children with a disability or special needs as well as their families.

The Rainbow Club


Dover Park Primary School

Nominated by Sara Higgs the school received a cheque for £500 to help pay for a four day trip to London for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

George Street Centre

Nominated by Ian Pratt: £300 was donated to the George Street Centre a beautifully renovated building in Ryde which operates as a Community Centre providing support to a number of local good causes including Age Concern, Relate and the Ryde Street Pastors among many others.


Kissypuppy Fund

Following a nomination by Sara Streeter, a cheque for £300 was passed to the Kissypuppy fund.


Friends of Binstead

Nominated by Michele Kelleway and Jemma Jones, the fundraising body for Binstead Primary School received a cheque for £300 to put towards new sports kit.

Earl Mountbatten Hospice

A number of fundraising events for the hospice have been organised in 2012 by the (seemingly) tireless Joy Furmidge - particularly inspired by the memory of Colin Clarke, Partner at RJR, who passed away in June 2012. Joy’s efforts have included a Royal Day (1st June), participation in the Island Go Yellow Day (6th July) and an RJR ‘5k Race for Colin’ (29th July). All told well over £1,000 has been raised for the Hospice.


The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Ian Pratt’s nomination. Our contribution is going towards the production of the Trust’s (Fiftieth Anniversary) 2012 fundraising calendar. Ian has also ‘starred’ in a video on the Trust’s website highlighting the benefits of charitable legacies in Wills:

St Mary’s Hospital Maternity Room

At the suggestion of Ellen Bond, the firm contributed to furnishing a special room to be set aside for parents to use on the maternity wing of St Mary’s when things go wrong.


Isle of Wight Diabetic Association

At the suggestion of Joy Furmidge a contribution was made to the local Diabetic Association. Joy had already run a marathon for them.

Earl Mountbatten Hospice

In October 2010 Joy Furmidge both suggested and marshalled our participation in the Hospice’s ‘Go Yellow’ fundraising day. In total nearly £800 was raised - which won the Isle of Wight Radio’s contest for ‘biggest local business contribution’. In July 2011 a further £350 was raised through the sale of yellow cakes – despite Joy being in Greece at the time..!