We bake, we bat, we sing… and now we howl too!
By now you may have noticed that Higgs' trainees and staff are involved in a huge variety of events.
Recently, a team of 12 took part in the epic Wolf Run at the beautiful Stanford Hall in Leicestershire. Some were nervous, some were raring to go and some seemed confused as to how they had ended up there. I may have been somewhat selective with what I told certain runners about the unique nature of the Wolf Run.
It was not just a 10 km run (quite enough, some might say); it was a 10km slog through bogs, swamps, sludge (the variety of mud was really quite astonishing!), and waist high undergrowth, up rope ladders, through underground tunnels and ice cold water and occasionally around fallen competitors.
The pain, lost trainers and the smell of wet dog in our cars wasn't for nothing- the team raised just shy of £1000 in sponsorship for Higgs' Charity of the Year, the Stroke Association. All made a brilliant effort, and even landed themselves a half page spread in the June edition of the Law Society's magazine!
Events like these are an ideal opportunity to raise your profile within the firm and get to know colleagues from across various teams. The team was made up of trainees, solicitors, associates, business support staff and a partner (although injury ultimately meant she supported us from home). Seeing colleagues literally pulling each other out of swamps and leaning on each other was a unique and enjoyable way to build relationship within the firm.
Highlights included Harman Bains' (Solicitor, Private Client) unsuccessful attempts to save his socks, Carole Maddock's (Associate, Dispute Resolution) heroic recovery from an ankle injury and Andy Stokes (Solicitor, Commercial Property) initiating a huge mud slinging contest.
I will no doubt be pulling together another team for a similar event next year- there's has been talk of tackling the much harsher winter Wolf Run!
Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter @HiggsGrads for further fundraisers and challenges!
Written by Zahra Farooq