Press Release 13 June 2011

Press Release:  Monday 13th June 2011

Surrey School Children Initiative to
Award £20,000 to Charities

Surrey school children are being given the chance to nominate their favourite charities to receive donations totalling £20,000 in a brand new initiative - MTG Youth for Charity - launched today (Monday 13th June).

Sponsored by the Surrey offices of Mackrell Turner Garrett who are managing the whole initiative, MTG Youth for Charity aims to raise awareness amongst students, businesses and the wider general public about the good works that charities do, helping people to gain better knowledge of how charities can be supported.

All of Surrey's state and independent schools are eligible to register for the scheme by Monday 4th July, with chosen schools invited to put together teams of year 10 & 11 students at the start of the autumn term to nominate their preferred charities to receive cash awards of either £10,000, £5,000, £3,000 or £1,000 (x2).  

Each team will be expected to undertake extensive research on their chosen charity, providing full and detailed justification on why they deserve such an award and what the charity would do with the money if it won.  Following presentations by the shortlisted school teams, winners will be announced and awards made at the beginning of December 2011.

MTG Youth for Charity is designed to link closely with school curriculums, allowing participants to demonstrate that their school produces responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, links learning to life outside school and encourages enterprising partnerships with local business and the community.

Derek Austin from Mackrell Turner Garrett explains: "This is a fantastic opportunity not only to highlight the good work of charities across Surrey and beyond, but to challenge students and the wider general public to consider what they themselves can do to make a real difference to the world around them.

"We are keen to learn about what young people think of charities and to encourage other businesses to consider donating some of their profits to charities that really need help."

MTG Youth for Charity is the brainchild of Surrey businessman Ian Vincent, co-director of Vincent Homes, who has a history of supporting charities worldwide.  The bespoke Housebuilder has donated the £20,000 cash award for the Surrey schools initiative and will take an active role in the selection of nominated charities.

Ian Vincent comments:  "The remit for MTG Youth for Charity is wide as it will be heavily dependent upon student participation.  We could see support for charities that help people, both in this country or abroad, and charities that benefit our planet, so that people aren't starved or their homes washed away. The opportunities are endless."

Surrey schools wishing to take part or gain further information about MTG Youth for Charity can go to, visit Youth for Charity on Facebook or contact Derek Austin at Mackrell Turner Garrett direct: / 01483 755609.


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Phone: 07713 742685

Notes to Editors:

About Mackrell Turner Garrett

Mackrell Turner Garrett is a full service law firm with offices in Surrey and London, and is the founder of Mackrell International, an international network of over 4,200 lawyers in 82 firms in 110 offices around the world, all of which maintain strong links with their own local communities. 

The firm is one of the top 500 legal firms in the country and has been at the heart of the local community since 1845 providing advice and support to individuals, businesses and other institutions such as charities, schools and clubs.

Clients engage with qualified solicitors on all types of matters from conveyancing to corporate restructuring, and family law to franchising.  The team at Mackrell Turner Garrett is ideally placed to advise on all aspects of business regulation, compliance and policy requirements including corporate and social responsibility, discrimination and employee relations.  We focus clearly on the client's needs and desired outcomes, but our approach is firmly rooted in the value of providing a personal service that clients rightly expect. 

The firm has specialist expertise in land law and property development.  Over the last 25 years we have advised local developer Vincent Homes Limited on many aspects of its work and we are therefore particularly pleased to have been appointed sponsors and managers of Youth for Charity 2011. 

Just as we take a fresh approach to solving problems for our clients, we have taken a fresh look at the traditional adage "Charity begins at home."  With MTG Youth for Charity 2011 we believe charity can also begin in school, can permeate personal and business relationships and provide benefits for the local community and beyond. Through this strategic partnership with Vincent Homes Limited we can use the eyes and ears of the next generation to help take steps now to improve the situation of others less fortunate than ourselves.