Pro bono work helping those impacted by stroke

Every 55 minutes, someone in New Zealand experiences a stroke.

Lane Neave’s long-standing sponsorship of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand ensures that more of the Foundation’s funds can go directly to the many Kiwis in need of support.

The Stroke Foundation is one of a variety of charitable causes and community projects we actively support throughout New Zealand. Ultimately, we aim to help in a way that best serves each group’s individual needs. For the Stroke Foundation, this is through providing pro bono legal advice.

Partner Fiona McMillan says Lane Neave has had an association with the Stroke Foundation for many years, providing free legal advice to both the Foundation and to stroke survivors.

“As a law firm, we’re a business, however as lawyers we’re also in a privileged position and feel it’s important to help our communities when we get the opportunity. Our pro bono work is very much led by our people and the things they feel strongly about. Unfortunately, stroke is something that resonates with many people.”

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Jo Lambert says that the pro bono advice from Lane Neave enables them to directly focus more funds on stroke prevention services and helping those affected by stroke.

“We are incredibly grateful for Lane Neave’s support,” Lambert says.

“Last year, our team provided over 200 hours per week of community outreach services, helping Kiwis reduce their risk of stroke. Saving on legal fees means that we can focus more funds on this critical prevention work and on supporting Kiwis who are affected by stroke.”

Every May, the Foundation launches its major fundraising campaign, Beanie Up. Beanie Up raises awareness of stroke and raises funds for the Stroke Foundation through selling beanies until July. This year’s theme is Wear One, Share One, where you can either purchase a beanie for yourself or donate a beanie to one of the campaign’s partner charities who will distribute them to people in need. Proceeds from all beanie sales go towards critical stroke services in New Zealand.

“We know lots of people are doing it tough right now, so we’ve made an easy, cosy way to share the warmth this winter and help as many people as possible,” says Lambert.

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