RSM employee in Swindon receives royal accolade for charity work

By Anita Jaynes on 30 November, 2016

Jack Townsend from RSM’s Swindon office has been presented with a special pin and certificate from HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO for his support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity.

The presentation took place at RSM’s London office where HRH The Earl of Wessex attended a business breakfast event to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

The event, jointly hosted by RSM’s Chairman Martin Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer, David Gwilliam and UK Managing Partner, Laurence Longe, and the Trustees of the DofE Charity, was attended by dignitaries and key business figures from organisations including Heathrow Airports Ltd, British Gas and Asda Foundation.

As part of the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary, The Earl of Wessex is visiting venues across the UK to celebrate the hard work of DofE volunteers as well as the successes of those taking part in challenges.

Since it was founded in 1956, the DofE has transformed the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe, helping them to gain valuable life experience and develop new skills. Although the DofE is usually limited to 14-24 year olds, in its Diamond Anniversary year the charity is calling on people of all ages to sign up to the Diamond Challenge and have an adventure, learn a new skill or challenge themselves personally.

More than 850 RSM staff from across the UK have signed up, and are taking part in challenges including learning circus skills and riding the longest zip wire in Europe. In addition to the support for the DofE’s Diamond Challenge, in February RSM launched the Gold DofE Award for its own school leavers and graduates.

Following the breakfast meeting HRH The Earl of Wessex presented 23 RSM colleagues and partners with their Diamond Challenge pin and certificate to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

David Gwilliam, RSM’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our firm has a decade- long association with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and we are delighted to continue our support in this important Diamond Anniversary year.

“Hundreds of our people have already signed up to take part in the Diamond Challenge. This initiative, which gives people of all ages a unique opportunity to challenge themselves, will help participants gain additional confidence and leadership skills that will help them in their working and everyday lives. You’re never too old to learn something new, and I’m pleased that so many RSM staff have risen to the challenge.”

Peter Westgarth, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: “As we celebrate 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, it’s clear that the charity is an integral part of life across the UK  which has played an invaluable role in the development of so many young people in the community. It’s fantastic to see RSM recognised for the outstanding work it does and enormous thanks must be given to the volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that every DofE participant makes the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

Pictured above: HRH The Earl of Wessex in discussion with Hayley Thomas and Jack Townsend from RSM.