Local accountants raise money for St Barnabas Hospice

The team at Nicholsons have been raising money for their charity of the year 2019, which was St Barnabas Hospice and have raised £9,085.85 for this worthy cause.

St Barnabas Hospice was chosen by the team at the end of 2018 as their charity of the year for 2019.  Everyone is invited to nominate a charity of their choice.  The nominations received are usually because a member of staff has been involved with a particular charity in one way or another. Once the nominations are received, they take a vote to decide the firm’s charity of the year.  The fund-raising activities start at the beginning of each year.

Gail Green, a Director at Nicholsons, says

“We feel it is important for the team to have a say and asking for nominations gives everyone the chance to put their favoured charity forward. This year it has been a pleasure working in partnership with Caroline and her team at St Barnabas Hospice, and we are delighted to have raised so much money to help them maintain this vital service across Lincolnshire, especially as I have personally benefitted from the services offered by the charity.”

The firm’s social committee take on some of the responsibility with the fund-raising activities they run throughout the year.  The two main people involved are Gail Green and Marketing Manager, Linda Clark. Gail and Linda have both been working closely with Caroline Swindin from St Barnabas Hospice.

At the beginning of the year, some of the team took up the invite from Caroline to visit the facilities at the Hospice on Cardinal Close in Lincoln. A visit to the hospice helped put the needs of the charity into perspective, how it helps local people and what is needed for it to continue to serve the communities across Lincolnshire.

“It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with Nicholsons and what a fantastic amount of money they have raised for the Hospice! We couldn’t be more grateful. This money could help to fund 73 nurse visits to patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, who are being cared for at home. We look forward to hopefully working together again in the future and wish them the best with their new charity partnership.” – Caroline Swindin, Corporate & Community Lead at St Barnabas Hospice.”

The team at Nicholsons have had a busy year participating in lots of fund-raising activities from cake baking, dress down days, summer reading book sales, spring cleaning your home, afternoon tea (very well received!), a quiz night and the office tuck shop.

The main fund-raising event for the firm was the annual charity ball held at the Hilton Hotel in Lincoln last October, which raised £7,700 from ticket sales, an auction and a raffle, with thanks to Colin Young and Melvyn Prior, who both helped to raise the money.

One of the more unusual fund-raising activities was the empty crisp packet initiative.  The firm joined the Walkers Crisp Packet Scheme and became a drop off centre for any branded empty crisp packets.  These were sent in 8kg batches to TerraCycle, who in turn convert the weight to points, and then at the end of the year the points earned are converted into money and paid over to the charity. We are waiting for our fund-raising figure from this and will add it to our total.  It has been well supported by several organisations in Lincoln including the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire Chamber, Lincolnshire Police and local schools sending in their empty crisp packets.

Nicholsons Charity of the Year for 2020 is the British Heart Foundation and the team have already started raising money for this worthy cause. Watch this space for further details relating to our plans for 2020.