Bird & Bird Hosts Charity Presentation to Macmillan Cancer Relief

30 May 2001

£39,000 donated to help improve cancer care

In a special presentation organised at its premises last Wednesday, International law firm, Bird & Bird, hosted the presentation of a cheque for the amount of £39,000 to Macmillan Cancer Relief. The money, which will be invested in the care and treatment of cancer patients, was raised through a taskforce set up by industry players (including Bird & Bird's Mark O'Conor), aiming to raise awareness of the Y2K problem within the IT industry and beyond.

Established in 1997 in order to educate and broaden awareness of the Y2K issue, the `UK Year 2000 Interest Group', attracted members from a variety of organisations, sharing one common concern: the effect of the millennium datechange on the management of their systems. As well as providing advice and creative solutions to a number of institutions, amongst which were large blue chip organisations, the group raised considerable funds through membership alone.

Commenting, Bird & Bird partner Mark O'Conor said:

"The Group's precepts were predominantly charitable, and as a result, subscriptions and profits made from awareness-raising conferences were set aside for charity once the Group finished its work towards the end of 2000. Following a vote, the Group unanimously chose to donate all money raised to Macmillan Cancer Relief."

A cheque for the amount raised was presented by one of the Directors of the Group, Anthony Parish (of the FEI), to Joanna Sidley from the charity. Commenting on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Relief, Joanna Sidley said:

"I would like to personally extend a huge thanks to the Group for contributing what is a significant amount of money. It is only with such generous support that Macmillan is able to continue to provide services which make such a real and important difference to the lives of people with cancer."

Also present at the event were other members of the Group; Chairman, Mike Preston, who was the Y2K controller for Guardian Royal Exchange, Jon Shapiro who used to be at Equitas, and Bob Bond who used to be at Zeneca, Mick Smallwood from the National Grid, Renee Atkinson, accountant to the Group, Tony Lee from Equifax and Howard Gilpin and Mike Bradley both from Halifax. Also present were Bird & Bird partners Roger Bickerstaff and Julian Gyngell.

For more information please contact Bird & Bird partner, Roger Bickerstaff on +44 (0) 20 7415 6000.