KPMG Isle of Man has announced the bumper result of a year packed full of fundraising for their chosen charity of the year 2012/13, Rebecca House. A massive £23,700 was raised through a series of fundraising initiatives as diverse as iPad Mini raffles, dress down days, bonus balls, the inaugural and soon to return Promenade Relay, and a sponsored Great North Run by Associate Director, Micky Swindale. Building on these achievements, the locally based audit, tax and advisory services provider has also announced its chosen Charity of the Year 2013/14 as the UK’s only charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research UK.
An additional £2,000 was raised by a single KPMG employee through the global charity ADRA and has also been donated to contribute towards the salary of a Youth Support Worker at Hospice IOM. Every year, ADRA, or the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, coordinates door to door collections for two weeks in March. In addition to assisting our less fortunate neighbours in 3rd world territories, a portion of the donations are directed towards Isle of Man charitable needs.
Mary Doyle, PR and Marketing Manager for Rebecca House, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be nominated as KPMG’s chosen charity of the year 2012/13. Their enthusiasm and interest in our charity has been very much appreciated. The KPMG Promenade Relay run was terrific, with so many people taking part, and it was a great night. KPMG has definitely ticked the corporate social responsibility box. The team have gotten involved in all kinds of ways; they have painted our ‘bands’ around their windows and have been a huge support, not only in raising funds but in so many other ways – thank you.”
KPMG’s newly nominated Charity of the Year, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research UK, raises funds to support life saving research into all forms of blood cancer and focuses on finding causes, improving diagnoses and treatments, and running groundbreaking clinical trials for patients. Established in 1960 as the Leukaemia Research Fund, it has since expanded to over 150 branches across the UK and last year raised over £20million for blood cancer research. Amongst countless other achievements, a recent study by Newcastle University found that a recent research project founded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has reduced the chances of a rare subtype of childhood Leukaemia returning by 75%.
David McGarry, Managing Director at KPMG Isle of Man, stated: “This year’s success is due not just to the generosity of the KPMG team and the local community, but also to the endless drive and determination of individuals who have contributed hours and hours of their time towards causes close to their heart. Social responsibility is part of the fabric of life on the Isle of Man and should be celebrated as such. It is great to see those sentiments form such an integral part of the culture here at KPMG and to witness the enormous achievements they precipitate. I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year and look forward to fundraising for 2014.”
To find out more about Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, visit leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/.