Big-hearted Optionis staff raise £20,000 for Children’s Charity

Children’s Charity
10,000 Cheque being handed over to Elinor Freestone, Corporate Account Manager at Alder Hey Children’s Charity
Warrington-based professional services provider encouraged its teams to take on a series of fundraisers over 12-months
Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Keech Hospice Care will benefit from £10,000 each thanks to the efforts of more than 650 employees

Staff at Warrington-based Optionis have handed over £20,000 to two children’s charities after taking on a series of fundraising activities including long-distance bike treks, assault courses and fancy-dress competitions.

The professional services provider, which has 11 UK offices and more than 650 staff, has raised £20,000 and will split the funds evenly between Alder Hey Children’s Charity in Liverpool and Keech Hospice Care in Luton.

Both charities were picked by the company’s employees, who are asked each year to decide on a charitable cause close to their hearts that all staff fundraising efforts can go towards.

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 6 fundraising days this year, and we aim to continue that momentum in 2019 with our next chosen corporate charity.”

Optionis raised the money through a series of fun challenges including cake bakes; a bring your dog to work day; a Halloween party and a Christmas fancy dress competition, which included both dogs and employees.

That was on top of more physical challenges, such as Tough Mudder events and an office to office bike ride with staff riding 52 miles between Warrington and Blackpool.

Elinor Freestone, Corporate Account Manager for Alder Hey Children’s Charity said:

“We would like to say thank you to Optionis for their amazing donation which will go towards the development of the new Alder Centre; Alder Hey’s bereavement suite.“The Alder Centre is funded directly through charitable donations and is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of bereavement support services, tailored to the needs of those who have suffered the loss of a child. The centre supports many families through some of their most difficult times. The support from Optionis is invaluable and will continue to help our families for years to come.”

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.”

Optionis is the UK’s leading accountancy, tax and umbrella employment solution provider to contractors and small businesses.

Headquartered in Warrington, the group has offices across the UK and encompasses seven brands, including SJD Accountancy, ClearSky Accounting, Parasol, First Freelance and Nixon Williams.

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