Leading South West Accountancy Firm Sponsors Hiking Challenge In Aid Of Children’s Hospice

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants is supporting The Incredible Hike, a fundraising challenge being held by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) which aims to raise thousands of pounds to support seriously ill local children.

The independent accountancy practice, which has 17 offices across the South West, including Plymouth, Barnstaple, and Exeter recently announced CHSW as its Charity Of The Year for 2021.

Ian Huggett, Partner and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Thomas Westcott, said:

“Children’s Hospice South West has been chosen by Thomas Westcott staff as our Charity Of The Year for 2021. We are delighted to be sponsoring The Incredible Hike, which is one of the biggest events on their fundraising calendar.

“As well as being a fantastic fundraising event, The Incredible Hike also fits with our focus on staff wellbeing. Walking is not only good exercise, but important for mental health too. Taking part in The Incredible Hike is a great way for everyone to enjoy our wonderful surroundings, stay active, and support Children’s Hospice South West.”

Every Step Makes A Difference

All the money raised from The Incredible Hike will ensure that local children with life-limiting conditions and their families continue to receive the vital hospice care they need.

CHSW corporate fundraiser Amanda Gallagher said:

“We are incredibly grateful the team at Thomas Westcott have chosen to rally for CHSW care teams in such unprecedented times.

“The lockdowns have brought new and often terrifying challenges for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, many of whom have seen care packages fall away and their wider support networks disappear because of the pandemic.

“Our care teams have had to adapt to ensure COVID-safe support is available wherever and whenever families need it most, including in our three children’s hospices in Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall – and for the first time ever, in families’ own homes.

“They have been amazing; working in such different ways and in difficult circumstances, often wearing uncomfortable PPE for long hours. But we can only do that thanks to such wonderful support from local people and businesses.”

It is free to take part in The Incredible Hike, and everyone who raises more than £30 in sponsorship will receive a very special commemorative CHSW 30th Anniversary Medal. To register and set up your own Just Giving fundraising page, please visit www.chsw.org.uk/hike

Participants are asked to ensure they stay safe by following Government guidelines and announcements from Public Health England.

About Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)

Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991. It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives by providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families.

There are now three CHSW hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm in Bristol (opened 2007), and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011). It costs around £11 million per year to run the 3 hospice sites, and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions.

CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support, and specialist medical care – all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All services are free for families.

For more information, please contact Andy Keeble – Senior Media Officer at Children’s Hospice South West – by emailing andy.keeble@chsw.org.uk or calling 01271 325 270. You can also visit our website at www.chsw.org.uk

Article by Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants

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