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Santa on the run

  • Posted: 15-11-2018
  • Bright

Five brave colleagues from Bright Solicitors in Plymouth and Ivybridge are going to be donning their trainers as they plan to run 19km on 9th December to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), the firm’s Charity of the Year.

The team were inspired to take part in CHSW’s Santas on the Run fun run which is happening at the Eden Project on 9th December but decided to extend the challenge to incorporate Santas on the Run into a 19km route and will be donning Santa suits to run in.

Andy Sewell from Bright Solicitors explained their plans “The five of us will start the challenge by taking part in the Santas on the Run at the Eden Project at 11am, then we will continue running around the local area for another 15km and then will finish the challenge by taking part in the afternoon Santas on the Run event back at Eden at 2pm. We hope to raise significant funds for Children’s Hospice South West at this special time of year.”

Sarah Nuttall-Worsley, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We have over 300 people taking part in the Santas on the Run fun run which is a 2km route, the Bright Solicitors team have made this quite a Christmas Challenge by adding another 15km and then running the Eden route again bringing their total to 19km. Their fundraising has got off to a great start already and we are so grateful for all of the support that the firm has given CHSW throughout their year of fundraising.”

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CHSW has three children’s hospices in the south west including Little Harbour in St Austell which is currently supporting over 130 children and their families. The hospice offers a lot of short breaks and respite as well as end of life care and bereavement support and is a lifeline to many families from Cornwall and Plymouth.

There are still places available for Santas on the Run, all ages are welcome and this is a great event to take part in with friends and family and get everyone into the festive spirit. Simply sign up online at to be part of the festive fun.

Dealing with Hospital and Medical Appointments

  • Posted: 19-10-2018
  • Commercial/Business

With the well-documented pressures on the National Health Service it is increasingly the case that an employee needing a doctor’s or medical appointment will have little choice regarding the timing of that appointment. It’s fine for an employer to express a preference that the employee will arrange these outside office hours but in practice this simply may not be possible.

So how is an employer to deal with a request for time off to attend a medical appointment?

The first thing to note is that a planned appointment is by definition not covered by sickness absence provisions. This may sound strange, but the purpose of sickness absence is to cover unexpected and unplanned absence caused by sickness or ill health. (Of course if an employee is sick and needs to go to the doctor/hospital unexpectedly then that would be covered by sickness provisions.)

Equally, however, holiday absence is designated time for an employee’s rest and relaxation, which doesn’t really fit with attending the GP surgery or hospital. In practice, employees use holiday absence for all sorts of things other than rest but it is important to be aware that this is its primary purpose.

The options for dealing with this type of absence are as follows:

Employee Benefits

  • Posted: 19-10-2018
  • Bright

In all sectors, recruiting and retaining the right staff to meet the business’s ongoing needs can be a major headache. The traditionally fluid and transitory nature of the workforce in certain sectors of the food industry, coupled with the expected downturn in migrant workers following Brexit means that this issue could be particularly acute.

The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast that net migration will fall from over 300,000 per annum in 2016 to 185,000 per annum by 2021. (Although as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development commented in their June 2017 report “Facing the future: tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages”: “It remains the case that any institution or commentator who pronounces confidently on the wider impact of Brexit on the labour market is probably going to be proved wrong.”)