Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cygnet Helps Dormanstown Football Club Improve Security After Break-in

Cygnet Dormanstown football
Cygnet Law has pledged £250 to pay for a CCTV system at a crime-hit football club and youth group.

Dormanstown Community Sports and Recreation Group, which was formerly Dormanstown Junior Football Club before being awarded charitable status in the summer, needed funds to pay for a CCTV system. Its community hut, consisting of a computer suite and games room, was broken into during the summer shortly after opening and money was stolen from its safe.

Redcar-based Cygnet Law, one of Cleveland’s leading law firms, heard about Dormanstown Football Club’s plight and wanted to help.

Peter Medd, Director of Cygnet Law, said: “We wanted to help the club out as they did not have peace of mind after the break-in. Providing the funds to buy the surveillance system seemed like the best thing to do to help deter future break-ins.

“Dormanstown Community Sports and Recreation Group is a fantastic community facility that is now used widely by young people, so it was vital that we offered our help.”

Matthew Phoenix, Club Coach and Committee Member, said: “We cannot thank Cygnet enough for its kind donation. Thankfully, what was stolen, except for the money which was mainly subs taken that week, was recovered by the police soon after the break-in. However, the culprits were not apprehended. Having the new CCTV system in place will really help us out and provide peace of mind.
“The club is not only a football club these days, but has become a more significant part of the community as youngsters can drop in to use the computers or games consoles and meet up socially. We also run regular homework clubs and team bonding, so it’s very popular during the summer months in particular.”

The football side of the club is also very popular with Tots upwards through to under 11s, and anyone wanting to find out more can visit: www.dormanstownjfc.co.uk.

Cygnet Law Helps Food Bank Get It All Wrapped Up For Christmas

Cygnet Law staff Amy Drinkhall, David Medd, Sandra Hill, and Stacey Phoenix  with Helen Hedges, second right, of the Redcar Area Foodbank

Cygnet Law staff Amy Drinkhall, David Medd, Sandra Hill, and Stacey Phoenix with Helen Hedges, second right, of the Redcar Area Foodbank


Cygnet Law is helping Redcar Food Bank get it all wrapped up for Christmas by setting up a donation box at its office.

The legal firm is encouraging staff and clients to pop goodies into a collection box at its premises in the town’s West Dyke Road.

Peter Medd, a director a Cygnet Law, which specialises in legal matters relating to residential conveyancing, mental health, wills, divorce, inheritance tax planning, and divorce, said: “Many more families in the area will be struggling this Christmas in the wake of the job losses announced in recent months, in particular those connected with the steel industry.

“The food bank is a superb scheme and we hope that setting up a donation point at our offices will go some way to helping people cope financially at a time of the year when being in need comes starkly into focus.

“Our staff have chosen to support this worthy cause as it is one that people can really relate to because food is such a basic requirement.”

The food bank relies on non-perishable food to be donated by the public with people are referred to the bank through Social Services, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Christians Against Poverty, Probation and various other organisations.

Mr Medd added: “We hope that people will donate some non-perishable goods with a festive flavour so that families who need to turn to the food bank have as good a Christmas as possible.”

Ruth Fox, Manager of Footprints in the Community, which is the umbrella charity that manages Redcar Area Foodbank, said: “It is wonderful to see the tradition of giving at Christmas is going to help families in Redcar who are struggling financially.

“Every donation is appreciated and we would like to thank Cygnet Law, its staff and clients for their support.”
She added the food bank was appealing for Christmas items such as crackers, Christmas puddings and Christmas cake to give out in December.

The best general items to donate are tinned and dried foods with a long shelf such as tinned veg, meats and milk puddings, pasta and pasta sauces, long life milk and fruit juices, tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets.