Caring accountancy firm Haines Watts Swindon has raised thousands for charity in the last year and plans to do the same in 2022. The team believes giving back to its community and to local charities is an essential part of being an ethical employer
Getting involved in community events and charitable giving have always been an important activity for the Haines Watts team which is based in Swindon’s Old Town and this year will be no different.
One of the partners, Sue Plumb, specialises in working with and supporting charities and the not-for-profit sector.
With this in-depth knowledge, it has been clear how many organizations have struggled for funding over the last two years with planned fund-raising events and campaigns being canceled, postponed or taken online.
Sue said: “As we work with charities on a day-to-day basis, we were all acutely aware of the challenges they have faced during the pandemic.
“As a team we’ve always been community and charity minded and we’ve done all we can continue in that vein in 2021 and in 2022. We believe it’s good for our team and it’s also good for business.”
Last year, the Haines Watts team:
- Sponsored the U14 Swindon Spitfires football team, which included providing a team kit for the girls, their coach and manager – founded in 1967, they are one of the oldest women’s and girls’ football clubs in England.
- Sponsored, donated prizes and entered a team in the annual Wrag Barn’s Golf Day in Highworth for HFT which is a national charity, founded in 1962 to support adults with learning disabilities. The charity pioneered the idea that adults with learning disabilities have the right to choices about how they live to enable them to lead the best possible life including supported independent living. This event raised more than £8,000. It exceeded the charity’s objective of building a recycling facility for one of their communal housing complexes and they were able to fund three other recycling facilities.
- The team also offered its office as a safe collection point for the Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal which provided more than 3,000 toys and books to 923 children in the town – 200 more children than the previous year.
- The Haines Watts team in Swindon also contributed to a donation of £1,250 for Save The Children for Christmas Jumper Day from Haines Watts nationally.
Mike Lloyd, managing partner, said: “We have plans to keep taking part in community events this year. We will once again be sponsoring the Wrag Barn Golf Day in May and we’re currently working with some other organizations to see how we can support them. We have a wonderful caring community in Swindon and Wiltshire and we’re proud to play a small part in that.”
Haines Watts is the 15th largest accountancy brand in the UK and was named Accountancy Firm of the Year 2019 in the FD’s excellence awards. In 2021, the company was named as one of the UK’s top ten accountancy to practices for after investing in staff wellbeing, cultural development and mindfulness support across the pandemic.
The image shows, from left to right, Michael Webb, Emma MacDonald, Anna Healy, Rosalind Cliff, Sue Manners, Lucie Perryman and Emma Skinner at the Wrag Barn Golf Day.
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