Charity can have its cake and eat it thanks to accountants’ donation

By Anita Jaynes on 14 January, 2016

A donation of well over £2,500 raised from a series of events held in 2015 has been handed to a Swindon youth charity.

Staff at Swindon-based Banks BHG baked cakes, held quizzes, hiked and played golf to raise a fantastic £2,763.12 in aid of Inner Flame, which delivers The Prince’s Trust Team Programme to help combat youth unemployment.

To mark the occasion, and because part of the funds were raised through weekly cake bakes, Banks BHG commissioned a cake iced with the amount raised.

“I think it’s fantastic of Banks BHG to support Inner Flame, we are really delighted and grateful,” said Inner Flame chief executive Gail McKay. “It’s great that so many events were spread over a whole year. The quizzes in particular were really enjoyable.”

Gail said the donation will be used to fund bus passes for young people to travel to their work placements. She said: “We provide free bus travel as otherwise many participants wouldn’t be able to afford to take part. The donation will pay for approximately 20 passes for the 12 week course.”

Bernard Harrington, Banks BHG director, said: “We’ve very much enjoyed supporting Inner Flame during 2015. They are a great local charity and we’re very impressed with what they do for young people in Swindon. We’re also pleased to see the actual benefits of the donation, in that it will be used to fund bus passes.”

Over the past five years, Banks BHG staff have raised around £12,000 for local charities, choosing one each year to support. These have included Prospect Hospice and the children’s cancer charity CALM.

During 2016 the company will support Julia’s House, the children’s hospice for Dorset and Wiltshire, based in Poole. Plans are already underway to repeat the popular company bake-of, there will be a quiz on April 28, a golf day and other sponsored events.

Pictured above from left to right: Banks BHG directors Bernard Harrington and Neil Elsden, with Gail McKay and David Wreathall of Inner Flame.