‘Exceptionally active’ is how the partner in charge of local accountancy and business advisory firm Deloitte has described his team’s year of fundraising and charitable activity.
This year local and national charities have benefitted from over £30,000.00 given in fundraising and pro bono work.
Over 500 hours of charity audits have benefitted Guernsey FC, Guernsey Voluntary Service, the Battle Against Cancer Investment Trust foundation and Young Business Guernsey.
Deloitte’s pro bono work for the Guernsey Youth Commission is the equivalent of giving seven young people the opportunity to attend the Princes Trust “XL” programme for a year, helping them to build life skills and leading to a GCSE-equivalent qualification.
The firm has also taken part in 12 different physical fundraising challenges as well as supporting local charities Male Uprising in Guernsey (MUG), Guernsey Mind and the Guernsey Disability Alliance.
‘We have embedded philanthropy into our corporate culture both nationally and locally and our team in Guernsey is exceptionally active,’ comments John Clacy, Partner in charge of Deloitte in Guernsey. ‘Looking after our wellbeing at work is key to our business success and our staff like to combine this with fundraising and having some fun. Whether we are offering a pro bono audit or actively taking part in a charity challenge, our whole team gets involved in social responsibility.’
The company has supported a wide range of youth sport and art activities including sponsorship of the Guernsey Eisteddfod and Guernsey Swimming Club. Over a thousand youngsters enjoy football in Guernsey thanks to sponsorship of the Deloitte Corbet Cup, mini and development leagues. Elizabeth College cricket, Ladies College netball and hockey teams and St Jacques Rugby Club also benefit from Deloitte sponsorship.
Deloitte also sponsored the Guernsey Mind conference. Former Deloitte Partner John Binns spoke at the conference and also to staff, stressing the importance of good mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Four Deloitte cyclists took over a million pedal strokes across 960 miles to ride the length of Britain in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and raised £2,426.50 for British Paralympic Association and £1,350.00 for MUG.
Deloitte has a special relationship with MUG and has supported the charity since its launch. Dan Collins, Senior Manager at Deloitte, is a MUG council member and has spent around 50 hours away from his desk this year on work for the charity. Mr Collins comments: ‘The firm is always the first to sign up to help fundraise and attend events. We had 11 men grow beards recently, dress down days and cake sales all help to raise funds and John Clacy has cycled the Deloitte Ride Across Britain twice for the charity. We also host an annual cricket match with Appleby.’
Mr Collins continues: ‘Just as important is the time I am allowed away from the office to attend meetings or give talks at schools and other companies. MUG is a charity very close to my heart and I am proud of Deloitte’s generosity and understanding.’
Two Deloitte men took part in the company’s Charity Challenges, organised to raise money for Mind UK, Prostate Cancer UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Adam Hart successfully tackled Cotopaxi, climbing 5,897m, and Bradley Choules climbed Mount Kinabalu at 4102m as part of a walk, cycle and raft challenge in Borneo. As part of his training, Mr Hart also ran the 38.5-mile Saffery Champness Walk around Guernsey.
As well as helping charities, a team of seven employees proved themselves to be true health and wellbeing champions when they beat 127 other accountancy teams from around the world in the Global Corporate Challenge.
The Deloitte team placed 10th out of 2,550 professional services firms and 351st out of all 50,000 teams worldwide. The team, Charge of Deloitte Brigade, clocked up an incredible 6,884 miles, averaging 24,731 steps per day.
Whilst those achievements are impressive, the rest of the team didn’t rest on their laurels…
- 12 Deloitte staff climbed 200,000 feet in the Everest Challenge;
- Ben Vaudin entered the Guernsey Rowathon, rowing 5km to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society;
- Five Deloitte swimmers also undertook this year’s Swimarathon, completing 72 lengths (1,800m) in the allotted time;
- David Becker walked from London to Cambridge. The 100km trek took 21 hours of continuous walking and he raised £1,000.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support;
- Deloitte’s Sally Le Maitre, Alison Vine and Heather Graham-Cameron took part in the bi-annual Pink Ladies Sunset Walk to raise over £400.00 for breast cancer research;
- Alex Adam, Sally Rochester, Ben Vaudin, Frank McGing and Jo Huxtable participated in the 30/30 cycle challenge for Les Bourgs Hospice and then Ms Huxtable swapped her bike for trainers and ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon;
- A team of Deloitte cyclists and runners took part in the annual Hope for a Child Tri-Ultimate, cycling a circuit of the island and running a 12-mile relay;
- EPIC 48 saw the Charge of the Deloitte Brigade team run 29 miles in two hours to support the This is EPIC. The team won a prize for raising the most money – £1,700.00 – and donated it back to the auction to raise more cash for the charity.
David Becker, Deloitte Partner, comments: ‘Looking back over the year it is quite incredible what the whole team has achieved. We fully support people in their efforts to raise money, keep fit and ensure we all try and balance our business success with our wellbeing and sense of community.’