We have been embracing the spirit of Christmas as part of our continuing commitment to getting involved in local pro-bono initiatives. This Tuesday 22nd December we took a group of 23 youngsters and their fathers from ‘Lads and Dads’ – part of the Tyne Gateway charity – out for an afternoon at the Panto.

The Customs House Theatre’s seasonal offering this year is “Alice in Wonderland – the little panto with the big heart” and there were big ‘Cheshire Cat’ grins all round when the group attended the matinee performance.

Local child poverty charity Tyne Gateway Trust has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support local fathers who are struggling to access, support and bring up their children by teaching parenting skills, including routines, play, bonding and keeping a family home, the charity aims to support parents in relationships so that children can benefit from joint parenting as they grow.

Our Managing Partner and specialist family law solicitor, Elspeth Thomson said: “Working closely with families every day puts me in the privileged position to really understand the pressures faced by young fathers and how isolating an experience it can often be. ‘Lads and Dads’ is a unique and innovative project which focuses on positivity and building confidence.”

“We are delighted to be working with David Gray Solicitors who share our values and ambitions for improving future life chances for children in the area supporting young dads who otherwise don’t know who to turn to for help.” said Pauline Wonders, Director of Tyne Gateway “The trip to the Panto was a much deserved treat for the group”.“The children were over the moon” said Julie Croft, Team Leader – Lads and Dads.