Staff at an accountancy firm in Hemel Hempstead have raised more than £20,000 for two children’s charities.
SJD Accountancy, based at the Kodak Tower, held a series of fundraising events including long-distance bike treks, assault courses and fancy-dress competitions.
The group will split the funds evenly between Alder Hey Children’s Charity in Liverpool and Keech Hospice Care in Luton.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity plans to use the money to help build the new premises for the Alder Centre, which offers support to bereaved families, whilst Keech Hospice Care will use the funds to support its work providing specialist care for adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.
Speaking of the fundraising efforts, CEO Derek Kelly said, “We are over the moon with the money we have raised this year. It is always an exciting prospect when we elect a charity at the beginning of the year, and it is fun to unite our offices for a joint cause.
“No doubt this year there was a lot of sore legs, but the end goal was to hand over the cheque to two amazing charities, and that was worth it! Alder Hey and Keech Hospice Care are very inspiring, and we are pleased we could fundraise such a large amount.
“We completed six fundraising days this year, and we aim to continue that momentum in 2019 with our next chosen corporate charity.”
Paul Scott, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Keech Hospice Care, said: “The staff and patients at Keech Hospice Care are extremely grateful for the support of Optionis. As a charity, we depend on around 70 per cent of the funding for our care services to come from the community for our survival.
“All the charity’s services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Donations like these will ensure we can keep providing all our services to our adults and children at a time they need us most.”