“Many thanks for the fantastic level of service”

(Defendant Solicitor)

“I would be happy to recommend Somek to colleagues”

(Claimant Solicitor)

Our Chosen Charity

Somek raising funds for Scope!

Somek’s chosen charity for the next 12 months, 2020/2021 is Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales. They provide practical information and emotional support when it’s most needed, and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society. For more information on the important work SCOPE does, please click here.

This is a charity that is very close to Jessica Thurston's, Somek's Chief Operating Officer, heart: “I would like to nominate SCOPE because many of these children often have a normal life expectancy and a lifelong disability which impacts them differently at different stages of their life. Not all cerebral palsy cases have access to clinical negligence compensation and some people are still living with the condition never realising what they had may have been due to negligent practices. It is a personally important charity to me because David [Jess' husband] has CP. It is still one of the largest causes of disability. Thanks, Jess.”

Following the success of our Pancake Day Challenge and Easter Craft Event Fundraiser, Somek & Associates hosted a Euro themed bake off on Friday 11th June to mark the start of the Euro 2021 Football Tournament. You can see some of the fabulous entries received below! We've now raised £312 in total for Scope, which is fantastic!!! To donate to Scope, please click here.

On Wednesday 31st March 2021, Somek & Associates took part in a fun Easter Fundraising Craft Event. We raised over £100 for Scope and had some fantastic entries from office staff, associates and their kids including decorated Easter bonnets, chocolate eggs and Easter trees.

On 16/02/2021, Shrove Tuesday, Somek staff and associates, and their children and partners, participated in our pancake day challenge to help raise vital funds for Scope. One of our OT expert witnesses and her sons, pictured below, had great fun flipping pancakes! With a very impressive 68 flips, Somek's nursing expert Amanda Agbebi's son was our clear winner! Our fundraising challenge has helped us raise a fantastic £165 for Scope

On 23/09/2020 Somek staff had a great time hosting our virtual #Macmillancoffeemorning fundraiser! Many thanks to everyone who joined us in our fundraising efforts - we raised £430 in total!! - and sent in photos of themselves enjoying a cuppa and tasty treat. If you would like to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support, please click here.

Somek and Associates nominated Bliss, dedicated to helping babies born prematurely and/or sick and their families in the UK, as their nominated charity for 2019/2020. One of the main reasons for choosing this important charity is that Michelle Caton-Richards, Somek and Associates Associate Trainer, Expert Witness and Registered Nurse, has a daughter who was born prematurely. Her and her husband found Bliss incredibly supportive at what was a very traumatic time in their lives.

Back in July 2015, Michelle sent a frantic email to the Somek office to inform us that she had given birth early and, ever the professional, was concerned about her existing reports. She was 29 weeks pregnant at the time when suddenly, out of nowhere, she was being told that her baby needed to be delivered, and now.

In Michelle’s own words: “I was given 10 minutes to get my head around that fact. She was nearly dead on delivery (not breathing, pulse of 50) and was whisked away before we could even say hello. She weighed just 2lb11.

I'm ashamed to say that after 17 years in the NHS I had not ever stepped foot in to a neonatal unit, had no idea about premature babies, parents of premature babies, and the journey that we were now faced with. The first few days are a complete blur to me now, but I was promptly given a little bag full of information booklets, a DVD, and contact details for Bliss to take a look at once I could manage it.

Bliss is the only official UK registered charity devoted to babies born early and/or sick. As well as supporting parents through what is one of the most traumatic and uncertain times of their lives, they are also involved in a lot of vital research in to neonatal care and outcomes, some of which I have participated in myself. Bliss also provides parent volunteers to as many units as it can. We did not have the benefit of this, but it is definitely something I would like to get involved in at some point, as life in the neonatal unit can be the loneliest place in the world.”

Somek were delighted to receive an email from Michelle on the 5th of September 2019 to let us know that the day was huge for her and her family as her “little preemie miracle started school… A year early really as if she had been born when she should have been (!) She would have not stated until next September - but she is more than ready! I am good for nothing today so apologies if anyone needs me for anything!”

Somek and Associates are very grateful to Michelle for sharing her story to help raise awareness of this incredibly important issue, especially given that 1 in 7 babies in the UK needs specialist care at birth.

Bliss works tirelessly to:

  • Support parents with information and emotional support to help them care for their baby.
  • Work with health professionals to involve parents in their baby’s hospital care.
  • Campaign to improve neonatal services and families’ experiences.
  • Support research with a fund dedicated to improving care for babies.

For our first Bliss fundraising event, Somek staff wore the colour purple on Wednesday 13th November 2019 to coincide with the Go Purple campaign for World Prematurity Day in 2019.

Our next Fundraiser was Bake for Bliss on Wednesday the 12th of February 2020!

Somek staff got baking and had a fantastic day eating cake and, more importantly, raising money for Bliss. 

As Michelle says: “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved for organising and selecting the charity I had nominated for Somek’s chosen charity this year. It absolutely means the world to me.”