Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, is delighted to announce that a group of Partners have raised in excess of £6,000, climbing Yorkshire’s highest peaks for charity.
The challenge, undertaken late 2015, was in aid of Odyssey and Cancer Research UK and in memory of a much-loved colleague, Bill Gardiner who sadly passed away last year, aged 51 following a battle with cancer. Bill worked at Kreston Reeves as Maintenance Manager for over 13 years.
The team of 15 Partners from across the firm, led by Managing Partner Nigel Fright, included Tim Maakestad, Nick Alder, Tim Levey, James Peach, Richard Heasman, Jenn Williamson, Shirley Smith, Michael O’Brien, Maxine Reid and Mike Dyer.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge saw the Partners tackle the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, often in adverse weather conditions, walking over 28 miles (61,927 steps!) all in just under 10.5 hours.
Nigel Fright said, “This year, strengthened in numbers, we were particularly determined to raise as much money as possible for Odyssey and Cancer Research UK in tribute to Bill. Bill was a highly valued colleague and friend to a large number of people here and will be sorely missed.”
This is not the first time Kreston Reeves’ Partners have set their sights sky high for charity! In 2014, eight Partners completed the Three Peaks Challenge, taking on the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Mount Snowdon) in under 24 hours. The group raised in excess of £5,000 in aid of each of the firm’s four nominated charities.
Kreston Reeves were proud to support Odyssey – a Canterbury based charity that helps people living with and beyond cancer to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem through specialised outdoor courses.
Hugo Iffla, Odyssey Project Director commented, “Can I extend a big ‘thank you’ to Kreston Reeves for their fantastic support and for raising the profile of the work Odyssey carries out in the local community. We really value the fundraising efforts of Kreston Reeves, and as one of their chosen charities for 2015/16 we can’t wait to see what challenge they take on next!”
Emily Attwood, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for London and the South East said, “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to the team for completing this incredible challenge and raising so much money to help beat cancer sooner.
Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Kreston Reeves without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving work.”
Nigel Fright added, “We are all really proud to have participated in this challenge and so thankful to those who have sponsored the Kreston Reeves team in the pursuit of raising funds for these important causes being especially close to our hearts this year. It has been great to hear from representatives of both charities on how our donations will help them achieve their goals.
Kreston Reeves contribute significantly in fundraising throughout the year through a variety of activities and time commitment. The Firm will extend this level of commitment into the next five years of our CSR programme…and we have something even better planned for 2016!”
To read more on Kreston Reeves’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, please click here.