Staff at Banks Chartered Accountants have netted more than £2,500 for charity and handed over a cheque to Wiltshire Young Carers.
Through a fundraising golf day, and by entering a team in Swindon Half Marathon, the Swindon-based company raised £2,683.
Sarah White, fundraising manager for Wiltshire Young Carers, received the cheque from four of the five-strong team who took part in the half marathon: Neil Elsden, Tracey Heath, Louise Rhoades and Travis Fowler. The fifth team member, Andy Barlow, was unable to attend.
“Every year we select a charity to support, and for 2011 we wanted to raise money for Wiltshire Young Carers,” said Neil, director of Banks Chartered Accountants, based in Devizes Road. “We wanted to help a local charity and were very impressed with the work they do to support young carers in the county. We also wanted to pick a charity which is less well-known and where we knew the amount we could raise would make a big difference.”
Sarah said she was very grateful to Banks Chartered Accountants for the donation.
“This money will be going towards the respite support we offer to the young people. It’s a very generous donation and is the sort of amount which helps to fund a residential for our young carers.”
The charity was set up in 1994, and some 1,000 young carers are registered, but this is probably only half of the total of young people who have to spend time looking after a parent, sibling or grandparent.
Throughout 2012, Banks Chartered Accountants will be supporting the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, and another golf day is already being planned.