The Plymouth office of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is joining the COVID-19 emergency response and has pledged thousands of pounds to support the local community.

The firm made a significant donation to Shekinah, a charity that provides opportunities for people in recovery or seeking recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental health disorders.

Funds were also donated to the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services, which supports anyone experiencing or affected by domestic violence. The donation comes at a time when there has been a huge surge in domestic abuse calls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The firm also continues to support the Plymouth Foodbank which is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks across the UK, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities.

Craig Moore, partner and head of WBD's Plymouth office, commented:

"At this time of national crisis, we wanted to further support the local organisations and charities who are all doing a phenomenal job in the COVID-19 response. We are humbled by the fantastic services organisations across Plymouth and the region are providing to ensure the most vulnerable are looked after and that families can continue to put food on the table."

The donations in Plymouth are part of a firm wide COVID-19 emergency response fund set up by WBD to support the organisations that need it the most across the UK. WBD is heavily involved in a comprehensive responsible business programme, supporting a number of charities across its eight UK offices.