Corporate Social Responsibility is a very serious aspect of running a business and 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 that 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 2019 (see Community News 2019 tab for more detailed information of individual events), we have continued to concentrate on The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) up until their annual fund-raising event, the Air Angels Ball on the 15th June 2019.
This very well-known regional charity operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call-outs each year and, on board their aircraft, are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.
Staff were involved in a major sponsored walk along the length of Hadrian's Wall during May - walking together in relays to accompany 'Miles' the GNAAS mascot, seen here enjoying the spring daffodils. More details of the walk can be found on the Community News 2019 page.
We have successfully raised over £10,000 for GNAAS from our various fund-raising efforts and presented our cheque at the Ball.
We set up our Walk display for visitors to view at the Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival in June, where we have been a major sponsor since 2009. This fantastic three-day event brings thousands of visitors to the area and raises funds for local charities.
April /May saw continued support for the renowned Hexham Book Festival then there is the hugely popular Hexham Abbey Music Festival in September. We are also supporting Hexham & District Music Society, and The Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, which provides such a varied and interesting calendar of cultural events.
In June Tricia opened the garden at Black House, as part of the Hexhamshire Garden Trail 2019 which attracted several hundred visitors and raised over £3300 for St Helen's Church at Whitley Chapel. There was even the chance for a game of croquet on Tricia's lawn.
We continue to be a Business Partner of Beamish, the open air museum depicting life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. The various local branches of the Rotary Club benefit from our sponsorship as does the Red Cross, especially with its wonderful annual Christmas Fair, and now the opera at Kirklinton, and we are also sponsoring their event at the Sage.
Over the past few years (see Community News tabs for highlights from the different years below) we have raised significant funds for Calvert Trust Kielder (our Charity of the Year in 2017); and also for Macmillan and Tynedale Hospice at Home, both organisations which 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.
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 Christmas production of Little Shop of Horrors by the Youth Theatre at QEHS.
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.