Partners at UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn will be dusting off their frilly pinnies this month as the firm takes part in an afternoon tea as part of The BIG Dinner in aid of the charity, 500 Miles.

The BIG dinner is the charity’s initiative to raise £500,000 in a single night to help people with mobility difficulties in Malawi and Zambia live independent lives by providing artificial limbs and braces to those with spinal  and limb disabilities.  As part of the BIG Dinner, various culinary events are planned. Well-known figures including Jeremy Paxman, Ian Rankin, Kirsty Wark and Christopher Biggins are getting involved.

As part of Shepherd and Wedderburn’s involvement, partners across the firm’s three offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London will be donning their best tea host and hostess outfits as they scoot around the office selling tea, coffee and cakes to raise funds.

Taking inspiration from the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, staff have also signed up in numbers to take part in the firm’s own unique version of the culinary contest. Baked entries are being welcomed for the big day on Tuesday 3rd March with a panel of discerning judges lined-up to match the BBC’s judicious Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Speaking in advance of the firm’s BIG Dinner plans, Stephen Gibb, Chief Executive of Shepherd and Wedderburn, said:

“We’re pleased to be supporting The BIG Dinner and 500 Miles and I’m really looking forward to this month’s events – and while those events will be fun to take part in, we won’t lose sight of the real purpose and significance of the BIG Dinner and of 500 Miles. For an average of just £175, someone in Africa can get up and walk. That is a very powerful motivation, and I am very proud to say that Shepherd and Wedderburn are supporting the BIG Dinner and 500 Miles in their work in Africa.”