Gooding Accounts Ltd, an accountancy practice based in Wiltshire, has successfully raised over £20,000 for local charities during 2021, thanks to a number of creative and inspired fundraising efforts.
The firm – which has offices in Westbury, Warminster and Melksham – has generated the sizeable sum for charities Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Dorothy House Hospice Care, mental health charity Wiltshire Mind and Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
It held a dedicated charity day in September that raised over £12,000 in memory of company founder Sam Gooding’s close friend, Paul Hooper, who passed away in December 2020 from an aggressive form of cancer. A special fundraising raffle was held that featured donations from local businesses, including tickets to a number of Premier League football match fixtures involving Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, with proceeds split equally between three Wiltshire charities.
A combination of physical activities, quiz nights, stone walks and endurance events all added up to the total figure that the firm has successfully fundraised in 2021. Gooding Accounts’ Bookkeeping Manager Sherelyn Cowles helped raise more than £4,000 alone by participating in a 24 workout challenge for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
The business also experienced significant growth in 2021, alongside its commitment to charitable giving, opening its Warminster office at the outset of the pandemic and continuing to service both business and individual customers alike despite the many challenges presented by the past 18 months.
Sam Gooding, Founder and Partner at Gooding Accounts Ltd, said, “It’s really important for us as a business to give something back to the community in which we work and live in: we specifically raise funds for local causes so that we can see the impact and difference that these charities make in the community, helping those less fortunate.
“There’s been so much suffering during the course of the pandemic; everyone’s been affected in some way or another. Yet we all can play a role in making positive change for the future. Charitable work is great for keeping us grounded as a business; it’s a daily reminder to appreciate what we’ve currently got.”
The business, which was founded in 2014 and now supports hundreds of customers across Wiltshire and beyond, has a culture of charitable giving.
Sam continued, “Everyone in the Gooding Accounts team now brings their own fundraising ideas to the table year-on-year and we’re all on board with recognising the positive effect that we can have as an organisation. Our 2021 charity day was a huge success and has helped Wiltshire Mind, Dorothy House and Wiltshire Air Ambulance all to continue their vital work.
“I had the pleasure of recently visiting Wiltshire Mind to present our cheque and to be told that the significance of this funding, which could be used to deliver mental health sessions to around 100 children and young people in need. I’m excited about what we can collectively achieve as a team on the charity front in 2022.”
Pictured above: Sam Gooding (bottom left) in his Christmas suit with the team at the Westbury Office