Law firm helps worthy cause

Getting ready to roll the die for the DLA Piper Monopoly Challenge
Getting ready to roll the die for the DLA Piper Monopoly Challenge
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Global law firm DLA Piper’s Sheffield office has raised more than £5,000 for the Master Cutler’s Challenge by once again turning the city centre into a giant Monopoly board.

Teams from 12 local companies picked up the gauntlet, laid down by the lawyers for the fifth year running, by getting to as many real life locations on the special edition Sheffield Monopoly board as possible in two hours, using public transport and foot power alone.

Locations included the Botanical Gardens, Ponds Forge and Sheffield City Hall. Each location successfully visited earned competing teams DLA Piper dollars, but they could also see their funds depleted if they failed to avoid fines, taxes and jail.

Sponsorship from Stagecoach Buses gave the teams an additional helping hand, and, in the end, it was a team from leading independent accountancy firm Barber Harrison & Platt that triumphed with a grand total of 3,840 DLA Piper dollars and were crowned champions by DLA Piper legal director Rob McKie.

Money raised by the giant Monopoly challenge is being split equally between Cavendish Care, which is the Master Cutler’s Challenge charity for 2012 and Marie Curie, DLA Piper’s nominated charity for the year.

Rob McKie said: “Every year we get fantastic support from the local business community. The event was a huge success and it was great seeing the teams go to extraordinary lengths to win, with a good dose of competitive spirit only adding to the atmosphere.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part in helping us raise such a great sum of money for this year’s charities.”