Anniversary Year Raises £35,000 for Local Charities

Staff and clients of Sussex-based accountancy practice MHA Carpenter Box have raised £35,000 for local charities during a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the firm’s charitable foundation – exceeding the original target for 2019 by £15,000.

The funds were raised through 10 events – from quizzes and cycles to sponsored walks and 10k runs – with employees also providing volunteer support for beach cleans, food banks and a local hospice.

Five local charities will benefit from the funds raised: Lorica Trust, which provides practical skills for people affected by homelessness and disability at East Clayton Farm; the Turning Tides homelessness charity; Crawley Open House, which supports people affected by mental health issues and social exclusion; Care for Veterans, which provides long term care for disabled ex-servicemen and women; and Sullivan’s Heroes, which supports home adaptations for disabled children. Smaller donations have also been made to an additional 11 local charities.

“Our staff, clients and charitable foundation sponsors have been fantastic during this 10th anniversary year,” said MHA Carpenter Box Senior Partner John Billings. “We are delighted that the original fund-raising target has been exceeded by some distance and that so many of our staff have given their time in support of organisations that do such great work for our local community.”

MHA Carpenter Box has offices in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton and was one of the first businesses in Sussex to set up a charitable arm with a focus on supporting smaller local organisations that often find it difficult to raise funds. The Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation, which has now raised over £200,000 in total, is run by staff and partner trustees, who together decide on donations and grants.

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