The Billable Hour charity fundraising drive has been relaunched by lawyers in London.
Inspired by the plight of young Syrian refugees struggling to cross the Mediterranean, the initiative was established by concerned lawyers to raise money for Save The Children. Participants were encouraged to donate the sum they would charge clients for one hour’s work, and the donations came flooding in. The eventual total of more than £200,000 exceeded the modest original goal of £7,000 by an impressive 2736 per cent.
The year’s campaign also had a £7,000 target but that too was quickly overtaken. At the time of writing £21,098 had already been raised.
The face of Billable Hour is Sean Jones QC, a leading employment and discrimination law barrister at the 11KBW Chambers in central London. On the campaign page he wrote:
“The world’s attention may be elsewhere, but refugee children are still drowning. There are thousands of unaccompanied refugee children in Europe and many are disappearing. The need for justice and mercy is as great as ever.”
“Let’s exceed our own expectations.”
Promotional t-shirts are now available to raise additional funds for the campaign.