Recently, hundreds of Cooper Parry people got out of bed as usual. Toast in the toaster (our well-being people say we should always have breakfast). Made the bed. Shower. The standard routine.

    But rather than putting on our usual jeans, t-shirt and so on, we didn’t. We put on our wellies, our walking boots, our jogging bottoms, our scruffs. Why? Because it’s been that time of year again – CP Community Week.

    What we’ve been up to

    Over the week we set off from home to meet people we’d never met before. We supported causes we’d never come across. And between us, we supported 18 charities (and counting) in our local communities across the Midlands.

    Together, we gave over 1000 hours of volunteering, where we looked after animals, painted sheds, reorganised food storages, handed out food to the homeless, sorted through donations, gardened, delivered leaflets, done some DIY – the list is truly endless.

    What the charities said

    “It was overwhelming to have a company help us… you were so amazing, genuine, helpful and understanding about our little family. The support and enthusiasm shown by all your colleagues, your donations and time was second to none” – Tracey’s Street Kitchen

    “The volunteers were fab and showed a real interest in what we do here at the centre. Nothing was too much trouble, and believe us there were plenty of messy jobs. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you” – RSPCA

    “It’s wonderful to see so dedicated and compassioned team working very hard each year” – LOROS 

    “Your team did an amazing job. They all came ready to get their hands dirty… painting, cleaning gutters, cleaning out the cats and dogs etc. Everything was much appreciated by everyone at the home” – Hillfield Animal Home 

    Our fundraising achievements

    The week ran as part of our CP Giving Programme, which pledges to carry out 365 days of volunteering every year. This year we smashed this target, delivering 395 days of volunteering across the Midlands – a figure which is still rising.

    Over the past two years PKF Cooper Parry has raised almost £150,000 for a range of local and national charities, including Macmillan, Alzheimer’s Society, LOROS Hospice, Rainbows Hospice and Headway.

    The firm partners with The Prince’s Trust, where they sponsor their Enterprise Programme, which supports the hardest to reach 18-30-year-olds across the Midlands to transform their lives by building successful businesses and social enterprises.

    Thank you

    We’d like to say a big thanks to all the CP people that have made a big contribution. And also, a big thank you to the charities that have had us. Here’s the list of great causes we’ve helped. The charities we supported this year included the following:

    Newlands Bishop Farm, Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Tracey’s Street Kitchen, RSPCA, Air Ambulance, Hillfields Animal Home, LOROS Hospice, Heronfield Animal Rescue Centre, Canaan Trust, Up Beat Communities, Emmanuel House, Dig In Allotment, Gedling Country Park and many more.


    APRIL BEMBRIDGE, Partner & Chief People Officer

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