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VIDEO: Neo-natal unit to receive £6,000 windfall from county firm

Just 12 months ago staff at a Gloucestershire firm pledged to do their utmost to raise funds for a much-loved charity supporting premature babies in the county.

Who better to tot up the money raised than the firm itself - accountants Randall & Payne - which discovered its efforts had amassed some £6,000 for Scoo-B-Doo, which supports the neo-natal unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Fundraising triumphs for the Shurdington headquartered business experts included a monthly dress down Friday, a book shop in which staff give a donation to buy pre-loved books and cake sales.

It even admits to a conscience cleansing £60 donation from the firm's audit team - raised via a swear jar during what Punchline was told was a time of "pressure" for the award-winning department.

"Upon special request from some of our trainees, we also had a pyjama day, which was a surprise for a few clients who came in for a meeting - only to be greeted by their accountant in a 'onesie', said a spokesman for the company.

"The first major fundraiser was a 7-mile walk starting from the office on Shurdington Road in Cheltenham to the neo-natal unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital.

"This involved a group of 20 staff and family members, who were greeted by hospital and charity staff with much needed teas, cakes and ice creams. The walk alone raised over £1,900 in donations and really kick-started our fundraising campaign for Scoo-B-Doo."

Going over and above the call of duty was Alex Rolfe (pictured as he nears his journey's end), who completed both a 20-mile walk to the office from his home in Dursley on 'Walk to work' day and recently a section of the Cotswold Way Challenge on one of the hottest days of the year, which has contributed over £200 to the pot.

Also worthy of special mention were the efforts during the Easter break by Justin Whithorn and Jo Kline who brought their children to work to help wash cars - raising £95.

Along with the help from members of the Scoo-B-Doo committee, June saw our gates open for a Family Fun Day, with some families in attendance having had first-hand experience of the charity's important work.

"Our young visitors enjoyed climbing into a fire engine and police car, shooting footballs at a goal, musical storytelling sessions, live music, hook-a-duck and face painting.

"In addition, prizes were generously donated by local businesses for a raffle and bottle tombola, plus reception was transformed in to a café selling home-made cakes. Overall the day resulted in just over £900 raised and lots of fun had in the process.

"Our grand finale of the first year of fundraising was our annual Quiz Night with WSP Solicitors at Marling School in Stroud, where our 30 loyal quiz teams went head-to-head to help us to raise an impressive £1,200 each for both Scoo-B-Doo and Allsorts Gloucestershire, with the latter being WSP Solicitors chosen charity of the year.

"Finally, we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in raising vital funds for an amazing local charity. There has been lots of hard work, planning, organising and amazing acts of kindness along the way which has helped make these events possible. The support of our staff, clients and friends has been exceptional."

Read more: Accountants' efforts will help give premature babies a better start 

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