13 February 2018


Accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, has successfully raised £24,235.50 for Naomi House & Jacksplace – a charity that provides hospice care to life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their families living across the South.

A significant sum was raised through the charity’s “Store Wars” competition. Seven teams from Wilkins Kennedy’s four offices in Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and Romsey, competed against each other with a variety of fundraising activities, including mad hatter’s tea parties, retro sweet shops and even nail painting. It culminated with each team running a different Naomi House charity shop located around Hampshire for a day.

Store Wars fundraising totalled £12,855 overall. An extra £3,584.25 was raised through the Three Peaks Challenge on 14th and 15th October where a team of eight from Wilkins Kennedy’s Winchester and Romsey offices reached the summit of the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Paul Hopper, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy Winchester, individually raised a further £7,796.25 through a series of challenges. As well as taking on the Three Peaks Challenge alongside his colleagues, he also took on the Bournemouth Half Marathon and the Great South Run. This brought the grand total to £24,235.50.

Paul said: “These challenges weren’t for the feint hearted and there’s no doubt this has been tough. We faced adverse weather conditions and extremely sore feet, after Three Peaks, but there was a positive, upbeat attitude throughout and it was all worth it for Naomi House & Jacksplace. I have visited the hospice as have many of the team and it’s a truly inspiring place. We were pleased to be able to support the charity in this way.”

Naomi Nesbit, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy’s Winchester office and the main organiser for the Store Wars event, said: “We had a great time coming up with ideas for raising the cash and on the day itself we had a blast. I’m absolutely delighted that the overall fundraising has exceeded all of our targets and that we are able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Jill McDonagh, Corporate Fundraiser at Naomi House, said: “Every penny counts in our fundraising at Naomi House & Jacksplace and I’d like to thank Wilkins Kennedy for their efforts. This money will pay for one whole day at the hospice, providing care and support to children and their families. We care for more than 440 children and young people and aim to provide care for as long as a family needs. It can only continue thanks to the contributions and donations from businesses and the public – so thank you!”

The Eastleigh Store Wars team take on fun-filled fundraising

The Disney Dynamos - aka the Southampton Store Wars team

A sunny beach theme for the Store Wars Andover team

Wilkins Kennedy Partner, Paul Hopper, attends the Naomi House & Jacksplace Corporate Awards 2017 collecting his prize for individual achievement

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