Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Congratulations to Daniel Barnett and the Starlight Charity

Very many congratulations to Daniel Barnett who has raised more than his target of £10,000 for the Starlight Charity in less than two weeks through his Employment Law Bulletin. Starlight is dedicated to lighting up the lives of seriously and terminally ill children by granting them their dearest wishes. Amongst other things, the £10,000 raised is specifically earmarked to:
1. Fly nine-year-old William from Milton Keynes to Florida where his wish to be a SeaWorld zookeeper for the day will be granted. William, who has cancer, will be heading to Orlando with his family in October. Cost of his wish: £4,000.
2. Send Hadiza, five, from London, and seven-year-old Oliver, from Cheltenham, to Disneyland Paris with their families. Hadiza has sickle cell anaemia, and Oliver has a congenital disease. For both, their dearest wish is to meet their favourite Disney characters. Cost of their wishes: £4,000.

Daniel launched his fundraiser to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his free bulletin service, setting a target of £1,000 for each of the ten years. He said: “I invited my subscribers to donate if they find my service useful and their response has been amazing. I was optimistic of reaching the target, but had no I idea we’d make it that quickly. And the donations are still coming in! Starlight makes a real and lasting difference to so many children’s lives, and it’s especially rewarding to see exactly how – and how quickly – the money this appeal has raised will be spent. I’d like to send my very best wishes to all these youngsters and their families.”

Daniel is a barrister at 1 Temple Gardens and was the first legal professional in the UK to recognise the enormous potential of the email update format when he launched his groundbreaking service on 20 April 1999 with a bulletin recording the outlawing of gender discrimination. Now – ten years and over 1,000 bulletins later – his emails are received by more than 23,000 subscribers who span the employment law spectrum, among them judges, solicitors, barristers, HR professionals, journalists, businesses, academics, and trade union officials. This is not the first time that Daniel has undertaken such a massive fundraising activity. In 2007 he raised over £16,000 for the charity Dreams Come True, also through his Bulletin. Donations can still be made to the current cause at www.justgiving.com/danielbarnett2009.

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