Foot Anstey supported Fundraising Apprentice for Empire Fighting Chance passes diploma course

National law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, funded Bristol-based charity Empire Fighting Chance's 13-month Fundraising Apprentice Course for Emily Haberfield through unused Apprenticeship Levy funds.

It has today announced that Emily Haberfield, Fundraising Executive at Empire Fighting Chance has passed her level three apprenticeship, achieving a Distinction in her pitch and presentation.

Emily, who is a boxer herself and an advocate for young people's mental health, joined the Empire team in February 2020 fresh out of university and faced with the challenge of fundraising while the pandemic was at its peak. As fundraising events were cancelled, Emily spearheaded virtual fundraising activity, which achieved the charity's biggest ever match-funding campaign, raising over £20,000 through the Big Give Christmas Campaign.

Foot Anstey is a long-standing supporter of the Bristol-born charity, in 2022 it worked with Empire Fighting chance to donate 70 laptops to five charities based near its offices across the South and South West. This follows a successful initiative in 2021 when Foot Anstey donated a total of 50 laptops to Empire Fighting Chance and its partner organisation Plymouth Hope, as well as City Academy in Bristol and Syrian refugees in the city.

Nathan Peacey, Partner at the firm, commented: "It is fantastic news that Emily has passed her apprenticeship with flying colours! It was a no-brainer when Empire approached us to support Emily's diploma. We pride ourselves on supporting local initiatives and charities and we look forward to working with Empire in the future and watching Emily advance in her career."

Empire Fighting Chance's mission is to fight the impact of deprivation on the lives of people. It uses a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential.

Joanna Le Vannais, Head of Fundraising at Empire Fighting Chance said: "Emily has worked incredibly hard over the last 13 months, writing around 46,000 words for her learning portfolio, attending seminars, 121 sessions and undertaking assessments. All whilst still delivering her day job to a high standard which included realising our biggest ever fundraiser with The October Club.

"I am really proud of everything Emily has achieved over the last year and the positive feedback she has received from the course assessor. Thank you so much to Foot Anstey for this amazing opportunity. Emily found it incredibly useful and rewarding and I know that not only Emily, but EFC will continue to reap the benefits of this development over the coming years."

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