Sunday, January 17, 2021

Children’s charity receives over £2,000 from local accountancy firm

Nottingham-based charity When You Wish Upon a Star has benefited from a £2,032 donation, thanks to the fundraising activities of a local accountancy firm.

Page Kirk, based in Gregory Boulevard, held a succession of events throughout 2020 to raise money for the organisation, which was founded 30 years ago and exists to help realise the dreams of terminally ill children.

In its anniversary year, When You Wish Upon a Star had planned to celebrate the work it has done in helping kids meet their superheroes at Disneyland Florida, swim with dolphins or enjoy other fantastic experiences. Sadly, the Covid pandemic meant that many of the charity’s own events and fundraising activities were put on hold.

In stepped Amanda Willis – the Head Receptionist at Page Kirk – and a number of her kind-hearted colleagues. Together, they organised a range of fundraising activities around themes such as Halloween and Christmas. Perhaps most notable of all, they collectively walked, ran or cycled a distance of 2,149 miles in just 31 days – representing the length of a trip from Nottingham to Lapland. This was an acknowledgement of one of the most exciting dreams of all for the children. In more normal times, When You Wish Upon a Star helps a group travel to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.

Nicola Brien of When You Wish Upon a Star said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the fantastic staff at Page Kirk. They’ve been so creative finding new fun ways to fundraise virtually. We hope they all enjoyed taking part. Thank you also to all those sponsoring and supporting their incredible efforts – the money raised will go towards adding magic to the lives of children living with life threatening illnesses.”

Page Kirk Senior Partner, John Wallis, added: “Despite being such a distanced year for everyone, the team have once again proved their dedication to helping others by raising money and an awareness for a truly wonderful and heart-warming cause. I am extremely proud of the team for coming together and pushing through challenging times to arrange a host of virtual events and fundraisers. We hope the funds help create long-lasting memories, not just for the children but their families as well.”

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