Accountants pledge to adapt to keep their fundraising challenge going

Matthew Waters
Mat Waters, partner for Lovewell Blake

In 2008, as part of the firm’s 150th anniversary celebrations, Lovewell Blake launched the Lovewell Blake Community Fund with the aim of raising £150,000 in 5 years for good causes across the region. The firm’s partners and staff rose to the challenge, surpassing their initial target and to date have raised over £275,000.

Mat Waters, partner for Lovewell Blake

Covid-19 has presented a number of barriers to fundraising both in and out of the workplace, but having provided grants totalling £26,000 through the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Foundations last December, the firm is keen to overcome these.

The new Chair of the Lovewell Blake Community Fund committee, Matthew Waters, a Partner in the firm’s Lowestoft office, has reaffirmed Lovewell Blake’s commitment to supporting not-for-profit organisations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

“With Lovewell Blake having had to cancel two of our largest annual fundraising events due to Covid-19, it is clear that social distancing measures will also severely restrict the income many charitable organisations are able to generate.”

Since the Fund’s formation, there has been a varied calendar of events and activities organised by Lovewell Blake’s partners and staff. Monthly donations through ‘Give As You Earn’ and dress down days provide regular income, which is then bolstered by quizzes, golf days, a tenpin bowling challenge, an annual ball, all manner of games and even an intrepid bunch conquering the Three Peaks Challenge.

“Without being able to rely on large-scale events attended by our staff, clients and professional contacts to raise funds, the challenge for the fundraising committee will be to come up with new ideas adhering to the guidance at the time,” Mr Waters suggested. “We have recently held a firm-wide quiz which both the staff back in the offices and those still working from home could all participate in, and hope that this will be the first of many new initiatives.

As a firm we realise it is more important now than ever to continue our fundraising efforts, as many local groups and organisations that we help have been unable to continue with their normal activities which bring in much needed funds.”

More information about Lovewell Blake’s commitment to our local communities can be found on the Our Giving section of our website.

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