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Nine intrepid Kreston Reeves trekkers complete colossal charity challenge

A team of interpid trekkers from Kreston Reeves completed an epic one-day challenge to raise funds for a range of local charities.

They covered over 50km in just one day and have raised almost £5,500 as part of an impressive fundraising drive this year.

The South East-based accountancy and advisory practice has over 550 staff, including 50 partners. It was a team of nine that set out at 6am and finished late into the night after the 15 hour trek.

Challenges for good causes

Taking part in the challenge were:

Sarah Ediss, Candice Hanson, Christopher Gregory, Jack and Paula Clipsham, Colin Laidlaw, Jack Fosberry, Matthew Oxenham and Laurence Parry.

They work in Kreston Reeves’ offices in London, Kent and Sussex.

The hike even included attempting Scafell Pike, the highest peak in the Lake District, and they were joined on their route by a colleague who cycled over 120km.

They chose five local charities to support during this challenge, spanning a range of valuable services and worthy causes: The Samaritans in Horsham, Turning Tides in Worthing, The Honeypot Children’s Charity in London, Choices Domestic Abuse Services in Chatham, and The Clock Tower Sanctuary in Brighton.

A few sore feet

Remarking on the challenge, Sarah Ediss a Partner at Kreston Reeves, said: “There were a few sore feet and aching muscles after this fantastic team effort and although we were just a couple of hundred metres short of the summit of Scafell Pike due to one of the team suffering a minor injury, we stayed together and celebrated with some champagne and beers as the sun set.

“I’m really proud of everyone who took part, it was particularly exhausting towards the end but we made it and the rain clouds even cleared to give us some amazing views. We have raised nearly £5,500 for our chosen charities who we are delighted to support.”

Fifty reasons to celebrate

This epic endeavour formed part of the Kreston Reeves ‘Foundation Fifty’ challenge, set by the practice to encourage fundraising challenges relating to the theme of fifty! This ran from March through to the end of May to aid local charities with much-needed funds. Challenges have ranged from baking 50 cakes to holding a scavenger hunt to find 50 unusual objects.

You can read more about Kreston Reeves via the firm's website here or help top up their fundraising pot on their JustGiving page.

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Grunberg & Co makes generous donation to foodbank to help local community

Grunberg & Co has made a generous donation of important supplies to people in its local community in support of a charity combating hunger. The practice, among the UK’s top 100 accountancy firms, gifted items to Colindale Foodbank, which is less than a mile away from the practice’s head office. They sent groceries, toiletries, and treats, and plan to contribute regularly to the charity, given it plays such an important role locally.

Rallying around the cause

Robert Bean, Managing Partner at Grunberg & Co, said of his team: “They really rallied around this cause to collect a lot of essentials, which should help local people during these challenging times. I hope this is the start of a long relationship with Colindale Foodbank and the wonderful work that it does. I would like to thank everyone that donated.”

Colindale Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, and started as a project founded in 2012 by local churches to stop hunger in Colindale and the surrounding area. It offers a three-day emergency food parcel to people or families in crisis. Alongside food, it also includes toiletries, cleaning products, baby supplies, and pet food to support a variety of family needs.

The Trussell Trust network supports more than 1,200 food bank centres around the UK, and there are also about 900 other independent food banks in the country.

It reported a huge increase in during the pandemic; foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network distributed 2.5m food parcels in the year to April 2021 – a third more than in the previous year.

Find out more about the Trussell Trust, foodbanks that need support in your area, and how to get involved or make a donation here.

Fast Facts Grunberg & Co

Grunberg & Co has grown rapidly in the 30 years since it started operating, to become an established accountancy firm with over 75 experienced staff members.

The firm attributes its growth to recommendations, which has enabled it to become one of the leading practices for owner managed businesses in North London.

It serves a select business client base ranging from sole traders to international groups of companies. Find out more about the multi-award winning business here.

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Dunkley's makes musical masterpiece to mark massive virtual charity trek

Fifteen magnificent marchers from Dunkley’s have become the stars of a new music video capturing their humungous virtual journey from Lands’ End, Cornwall, to John O’Groats.

Staff from the Chartered Accountancy firm amassed nearly seven million steps between them in just 31 days as they completed the humungous challenge. In doing so, they raised £1,656 for their charity of the Year, St Peter’s Hospice.

And to top it off, they went the extra mile by producing their own version of the famous ‘Is this the way to Amarillo’ song, with a lyrical twist, to accompany footage of each team member completing their walk. Watch the video above!

Something to sing about

Janet, Dunkley’s Payroll Manager, created the song - ‘John O’Groats to Lands’ End Heroes’ – which was then turned into a music video with help from Nicole Crompton, Dunkley’s Marketing Manager.

Staff split into three groups of five to add a competitive element to the challenge. Over the course of the month, each team needed to walk 980 miles or 2,299,172 steps. For the teams, this meant an average of 13,000 steps, or 5.79 miles per person per day.

Reaching milestones

Along the way, the teams had 11 milestones to hit from Bristol to Stratford-Upon Avon, York, and Hadrian’s Wall. The first team passed the finish line in just 26 days, closely followed by the other two teams who successfully finished the challenge on Sunday, with 3 days to spare.

Nicole says: “A lot of time and perseverance went into this challenge, and to have completed it is quite an achievement. When you consider the distance covered per person, it is the same as each individual walking from Lands End’ to Bristol or from Bristol to Manchester.”

A cause close to their hearts She adds: “In a year of uncertainty and restrictions, the staff members involved not only were able to embrace the outdoors and maintain their fitness but could also work towards a common goal of raising vital funds for a local charity very close to their hearts.”

The funds raised will help the hospice continue to provide the best possible care and support to its patients. The firm thanked everyone who has helped to raise money and the fund continues to accept donations via this Just Giving link.

Who were the 15 Dunkley's magnificent marchers?

• Amber Vierke • David Bailey • Joanne Coles • Kirsty Liley • Mike Dunkley • Emily-Jayne Emery • Lisa White • Nathan Wheeler • Nicole Crompton • Taylor Thornbury • Janet Drissell • Laura Mundy • Matthew Dobbins • Natalie Pickles • Zoe-Marie Cambridge

Find out more about Dunkley’s by visiting the following pages:

Website: Facebook: /dunkleysaccountants Twitter: @DunkleysCo LinkedIn: /dunkleys

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