Corporate Social Responsibility is a very serious aspect of running a business but at Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd, contributing to our community is part of our daily life and adds an element of fun to the sometimes taxing work of an accountant.
Tricia believes being in business gives her a unique opportunity to help others hence the practice supports many local projects and raises funds for charities whenever it can.
For 2017 we have chosen to concentrate on Calvert Trust Kielder. This is a charity that we have supported in the past and believe strongly that it provides a wonderful opportunity for those who confront major physical and mental challenges to get the most out of life.
We visited Calvert Trust Kielder for an exciting staff event in March to view the Dark Skies at Kielder Observatory after a special dinner at the Kielder Centre. Then in September some staff took part in a gruelling 26 mile challenge walk organised by Shepherd Walks around Kielder Water to raise money. So far in 2017 we have raised £5572.36 for Calvert Trust Kielder.
2017 will also see continued support of the renowned Hexham Book Festival in April and the hugely popular Hexham Abbey Music Festival in September. We will also be supporting Hexham & District Music Society and The Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham which provides such a varied and interesting calendar of cultural events.
Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd was once again a main sponsor of the Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival in June. Patricia is a card carrying member of CAMRA making this a highlight of the year. This three day event brings thousands of visitors to the area and raises funds for local charities, one of which this year is Calvert Trust Kielder . We have been a major sponsor since 2009.
The practice first started in Warden and we still support that parish by advertising in The Stanegate magazine We also regularly advertise in other local magazines such as the Hexhamshire Magazine, rural show programmes and local school performance programmes, the most recent being The Addams Family production by the Youth Theatre at QEHS.
Over the past few years we have raised significant funds for Macmillan and Tynedale Hospice at Home, both organisations helped enormously when Patricia lost her mother to cancer in 2008.
We support several other charities, including the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus charity, SHINE. We regularly sponsor their balloon races. SHINE is a charity close to Patricia’s heart, as she has two friends, from university days who have Spina Bifida.
Closer to home we try to make sure people working here can achieve a good home/work balance. For instance we have a number of staff who work non-standard hours to juggle their children’s needs, aged parents, university charity work and other commitments