Staff from across our four offices were as busy as Santa’s elves in the run up to Christmas as they donated their time to fund-raising efforts in support of a number of worthy local causes.
Our teams also entered into the festive spirit by wearing Christmas jumpers and other Christmassy paraphernalia into work on Friday 15 December to further boost funds.
Colleagues from our Rayleigh office pitched in and lent a hand by hosting a fundraising stall as part of the town’s Christmas Market, which coincided with the switch-on of Rayleigh’s Christmas Lights.
The team organised a number of competitions and games of skill on the stall to raise funds for the Polly Parrot Appeal, a charity that helps support the children’s wards at Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals.
In Thurrock, our team ran a stall at Warren Primary School’s Christmas Fete and held a Give a Gift day at their offices.
Together with proceeds from the Christmas jumper event, they raised a grand total of £287 – enough to purchase sixteen stars from the Give a Gift Tree at Lakeside, which provided Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the local area, with the remainder donated to the Thurrock Young Carers initiative.
Meanwhile, in Basildon, our firm joined forces with accountancy firm, Rickard Luckin, to help stage an annual Carol Concert at St Martin of Tours Church on 14 December.
Proceeds from a collection taken on the evening raised £400 and also supported the Polly Parrot Appeal, as well as the Essex Community Foundation.
Gina Newman, Practice Manager, said, said: “Engaging with and supporting our local community across South Essex is very important to us as a firm.
“We were delighted earlier this year when we announced the Polly Parrot Appeal as our Charity of the Year and it is wonderful that the money raised during the festive period will help support vital work on behalf of young patients in Basildon and Thurrock, as well as other deserving local causes which we were delighted to be able to support.”