28 Feb 2018

Southend accountants raise £8,983 for Essex charity

An accountancy firm in Southend has handed over the latest charity cheque to Havens Hospices, bringing their total to nearly £9,000.

Wilkins Kennedy’s Southend office, which acts for a number of businesses in the area, raised £3,483 in 2017. Adding to the £5,500 already raised in 2016, this brings the grand total raised so far to £8,983 – with more to come in 2018.

Money raised was in aid of Havens Hospices – the office’s chosen charity that works with children and adults in Essex with life-limiting illnesses. The firm has agreed to support the charity for three years, so the stakes are high to raise as much as possible before the end of 2018.

Staff and partners have worked hard to get involved in fundraising activities. These included a wingwalk, bravely taken on by Catherine Darby who successfully raised £730, and three accountants who completed an ultra-marathon to raise £1,935. There was also the Grand Easter Raffle 2017 which raised £1,440, Christmas Jumper Day, raising £300 and a charity golf day that raised £400. Southend’s Credit Control Manager, Pauline Basford, held a pamper party at her house, charging £5 a ticket and all proceeds going to Haven’s Hospices – she raised more than £500.

Paul East, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy’s Southend office, said: “We are really pleased with the amount raised so far and I know that this will be another year packed full of charity fundraising. It’s great to see everyone at the Southend office get so involved and all events are great fun. We have been working closely with Havens Hospices for the last two years and we see the fantastic work they do locally. We are thrilled to be supporting such a worthy cause.”

Lydia Plews, Corporate Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, said: “On behalf of Havens Hospices we would like to say a huge thank you to Wilkins Kennedy for their support. Each week Havens Hospices must raise £100,000 to provide the specialist care and support to patients and their families. This is only possible thanks to people and organisations in the community who fundraise for us and ensure we can continue caring and ‘making every day count’ for adults, children and families across Essex for as long as possible”.

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One of many cheque handovers to Havens Hospices during the fundraising (L-R Jo Keen and Paul East of Wilkins Kennedy, present the cheque to Lydia Plews of Havens Hospices)

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Catherine Derby takes on her wingwalk in aid of Havens Hospices

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It was a Halloween-themed handover for Havens last October as Wilkins Kennedy Southend dressed up to raise cash.

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