Wilkins Kennedy - Charity of the Year 2010

Wilkins Kennedy cheque presentation
A very successful year of fundraising was undertaken by long time Aspire supporters, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Wilkins Kennedy.  Over 300 staff in twelve offices across the South of England and one in the Falkland Islands, were involved in the task of reaching a target of £25,000 – the total needed by Aspire to adapt a property for someone with a spinal cord injury.

The year started with a committee made up of representatives from each office agreeing on a calendar of fundraising events.  There was a great mixture of activities, we all agreed that this was important as not everyone is sporty!  These ranged from running a marathon and 10km races; to a 20k walk across the South Downs; a midnight marathon in the Falkland Islands (which as it took place in the middle of winter, involved rain, sleet and 40mph winds for the first hour!); skydives; a bike ride; company quiz nights; sweepstakes; book sales; office dress down days; the Three Peaks challenge and one brave man even completed one of the ultimate cycling challenges from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Each office made a tremendous effort, and thanks to the charity committee were given plenty of opportunities to take part.  Two members of staff were invited to visit the property they were raising money for whilst it was still in development, which gave them a better understanding of how vital their efforts were.  As a thank you, we also invited them to visit the Aspire National Training Centre to take part in a wheelchair basketball session, something which was enjoyed by all.  Once the property was ready, several staff members volunteered to help with the final set up of the property to ensure it was ready for the first tenant.

"Working with Aspire has been a pleasure and so rewarding!  We chose Aspire as Charity of the Year for 2010 and our staff really enjoyed organising and taking part in fundraising events throughout the year.  We were able to learn about the effects of spinal injury and our fundraising efforts culminated with a visit to the Aspire House in London, a project which will benefit many people suffering from spinal injury for years to come." Wilkins Kennedy - Chartered Accountant and Business Advisers