Employess at Ellis Whittam, the Chester-based company supplying employment law and health and safety services to UK employers, have raised more than £5,000 for BIRD, a local charity supporting brain injury rehabilitation and development.

Colleagues from Ellis Whittam’s staff committee were delighted to present a cheque for £5,368.45 to Helen Schielke, the charity manager at BIRD.

Helen said: “We are thrilled and privileged that EW chose to support BIRD. It has been lovely to work with them and it’s great that so many of the team have been really interested in BIRD’s work and the families we support.”

Laura Chalkley, speaking on behalf of Ellis Whittam’s staff committee, added: “Each year we choose a local charity to support and BIRD is very close to home for us, as we are both based on the Duke of Westminster’s estate, and the Duke himself provides support to BIRD.”

Fundraising events have included a fireworks display, competing in the Chester half marathon, carol singing and a cake baking competition.

BIRD is dedicated to improving the lives of people of all ages with learning difficulties and brain injuries regardless of the severity of condition or age.

Their work helps individuals with many different conditions such as autism, learning difficulty, developmental delay and strokes.

For more information on the charity and how to support them, visit www.birdcharity.co.uk.