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Accountants 10k hike pushing wheelbarrows of plants to raise funds for Bexley Hospice

Article posted: 14th September 2017

An intrepid group of accountants from Sidcup in Kent have completed an unusual challenge which saw them walk 10km pushing wheelbarrows full of plants to raise funds for a local hospice charity.

McBrides Chartered Accountants donned their walking boots and pushed wheelbarrows full of plants from their offices in Sidcup to the grounds of the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice in Abbey Wood yesterday (Wednesday 13th September).McBrides Hospice Hike team approaching the Hospice

The 10km Hospice Hike route saw the 40-strong team wheeling their barrows along Knoll Road, heading towards the Danson Underpass and alongside Danson Park before making their way along Bostall Hill and up the drive of the Hospice pushing the plants which were then donated to fill a new outdoor space.

McBrides chose the Hospice as their nominated charity for 2017 and have already completed a series of fund-raising events. To date these have included individual staff challenges, such as the London Nightrider Cycle, the Colour Run in Danson Park as well as in-house cake sales and donating furniture to the Hospice shop team.

It costs £8million a year for the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice to provide support and services to local people.


The drive to raise funds for the Hospice is close to the hearts of several members of the McBrides’ team, including Chris Camfield, who has worked at the firm for 14 years.

Chris says: “Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice were excellent in tending to my Father when he needed palliative care. The wonderful staff and volunteers were of great help during a difficult time. I am delighted that McBrides is supporting the Hospice in 2017.”

Tanya Hamilton, staff partner at McBrides, says: “The Hospice Hike was a great team effort. The wheelbarrows were full of plants and were tricky to manoeuvre but we worked together, to reach the hospice in a respectable time of 2 hours 15 minutes. The Hospice provides a fantastic service to those in our community and has to raise an incredible amount of money each year to do this. We are really happy to raise as much as we can for the Hospice.”

Kate Heaps, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Chief Executive says: “Local businesses play a big part in supporting the work of the Hospice. We’re grateful for the support shown by individual members of staff at McBrides and by the firm as a whole. It was a pleasure to see the walkers arriving with donated plants for the Hospice garden.”

The team have raised a total of £5,350 for the Hospice this year so far and continue to raise funds via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/McBrides092017.

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For more information contact: Vikki Rimmer vikki@presscontact.co.uk 07886673412

Notes to editors:

The Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is the foremost provider of specialist palliative care to the London boroughs of Bexley and Royal Greenwich. The services cover an area of 40 square miles with a population of over 500,000.

Staff and volunteers care for adults with a wide variety of chronic and terminal conditions. Most of the people cared for also have informal carers, all of whom can also access support to enable them to care for their loved one.

Last year, the Hospice team cared for over 2,500 people and families, and were supported by many more members of the community through donations, legacies, trusts, and at many fundraising events.

The Hospice does not charge for its services and only about one third of funding comes from the NHS, which means that the Hospice depends on the generosity of, mostly local, individuals, trusts, organisations and businesses to raise more than five million pounds annually.

The growth in the Hospice services over the last few years has been tremendous, with provision of care and support now spanning across the whole patient journey. These developments have all been in response to identified need. The Hospice has moved from a service which focuses on care delivery in a building, to one which provides care in whatever setting it is required; this includes care in people's homes, care homes, hospital and at the Hospice in Abbey Wood.

McBrides Chartered Accountants is based in Sidcup, on the Greater London and Kent border. The firm was established over 40 years ago and advises private clients, owner-managed businesses, fellow professionals and corporate groups across a wide range of sectors. The firm also provide in-bound accountancy and tax services to overseas businesses looking to expand or relocate in the UK.

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