Staff from KPMG’s East Midlands practice have raised over £3,000 for partner charities TwentyTwenty and Framework by putting on a pantomime at Nottingham High School.
The pantomime, Robin Hood, was produced and performed by KPMG staff, with several months of hard work leading up to their “one night only” extravaganza. Their commitment and dedication paid off, with over 200 tickets sold and a full house on the night.
All proceeds will go to KPMG’s two East Midlands’ partner charities.
TwentyTwenty is a charity based in Leicestershire and Derbyshire which helps hundreds of disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the East Midlands to develop the self-belief, qualifications and work-ready skills to move on to employment. Framework is an East Midlands-based charity and housing association dedicated to preventing homelessness, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people.
Mark Flanagan, director at KPMG, organiser and pantomime dame, said: “Although we are clearly all amateurs, what we lack in experience we more than made up for in enthusiasm and willingness to have a laugh to raise money for our very special charities. We were delighted with how the evening went and how much we raised for our charity partners, not to mention the reaction from the audience, who were all exceptionally kind about our performance.”
Mike Hughes, chief executive at TwentyTwenty, said: “It was a brilliant night and a truly fantastic performance – the team at KPMG certainly didn’t take the easy route when it came to coming up with a fundraising idea!
“We love our partnership with KPMG. They do so much more than they said on the tin, and it’s still early days. We’re determined that as time goes on, the staff at KPMG will get a really clear idea of the life changing impact they’re making in the lives of the young people we work with. We’ll continue to do all we can to make sure that the KPMG staff team have a quality experience through working with us that is of real personal and professional value.”
Jess Powell, partnerships officer in the Framework Fundraising Team, added: “The pantomime was a brilliant success and we were delighted, both to be a chosen charity and by the talent unearthed within the KPMG workforce. The show was a fantastic marker to celebrate our first year working alongside the KMPG team and it really did highlight the innovative and enjoyable possibilities when a business and charity partner join forces.
“Not only will half of the funds raised directly support homeless people locally but we hope that this experience will strengthen our relationship with KPMG so that we can continue to develop skills on both sides of the partnership to give vulnerable people new opportunities.”
Young people from TwentyTwenty and staff from both charities attended in the evening, with the photography taken by Reece Hardy, one of the young people from TwentyTwenty.