To celebrate raising over £5000 for Calvert Trust Kielder on our challenge walk and to welcome clients and contacts to our offices we held an Open Evening on 6th September. Guests enjoyed delicious Canapes by Citrus Catering and music by Alistair Vennart who palyed his Viola beautifully.
Staff thoroughly enjoyed sponsoring and being part of a night of "Strictly Come Dancing" organised by Hexham vets, Scott Mitchell & Associates. Over £5000 was raised from the event for The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I).
As can be seen in the picture, the evening was very entertaining, relaxed and brilliantly organised. What an excellent way to celebrate the end of the January tax deadline!
Staff enjoyed a chocolate tasting evening as a pre-Christmas treat.
Tricia had bid for and won this as a prize in an auction held at the Dark Skies Calvert Ball in October so all proceeds went towards the Calvert Trust.
On the evening of 14th July Tricia was delighted to have attended a Beamish Business Partners 50s night which she said was great fun.
Emily Hope, the Partnerships Coordinator, contacted all of the participants the next day to thank them for attending and express the hope that their feet were not too sore from all the dancing.
Everyone was also encouraged to spread the word to anyone in the Business Community who might be interested in “the fantastic benefits of joining the Business Friends of Beamish” so, if you could be one of those, you can find out more using the following link: http://www.beamish.org.uk/support-us/business-friends/. Emily would be delighted to hear from you!
The efforts of some of Tricia'a staff and family members in participating in the Northumberland Coastal Challenge came to fruition this week when Tricia presented a cheque to Cathy Bates of Tynedale Hospice at Home.
We are most grateful to all of the people who have made generous donations through our JustGiving site, direct to staff members or sent in to the office, or given at the West Orchard House open day in May.
The amount of £5340.31 far exceeded our original target of £3000 and Tricia, seen here making the presentation to Cathy, was delighted with the outcome.
Tricia celebrated her 30th year in practice with a series of events over the twelve months from May 2015, having established the business in May 1985.
To mark the end of the anniversary year, an Open Evening was held at West Orchard House on Thursday 5th May.
There were tours of the building (which some visitors had not yet seen), surprise entertainment, and a light buffet.
Almost 100 people attended the event and were entertained by the surprise appearance of the all-female, Hexham based singing group, the Hex Pistols.
Tricia had given advance warning that she would be taking the opportunity to add to the total amount for Tynedale Hospice at Home raised by sponsorship of staff and family members taking part in the Coastal Challenge. It was no surprise then for the attendees to find charity buckets dotted about the place in strategic positions and almost £370 was generously donated, during the evening, contributing to a total of over £4000 raised (as at 15th May 2016).
2015 marked Tricia’s 30th year in practice in Hexham and as the year progressed she celebrated the anniversary with a series of events.
The first was the Tynedale Hospice at Home Gala Dinner and Dance and fund-raising Auction at Langley Castle on 21st March. Tricia took three tables at this event, the first of its kind that the Hospice has organised, and entertained clients and staff, one of whom was retiring after 22 years with the company.
Tricia was delighted to be sponsoring an event at the Hexham Book Festival 2015, which was an evening in the company of world-renowned opera star Graeme Danby and his lovely wife Valerie Reid. They performed at the Queens Hall on Saturday 25th April in a delightful evening of wit words and music.
A big event in Tricia’s diary is always the Tynedale Beer Festival, which was held over 18th, 19th and 20th June 2015. Tricia was a main sponsor of this annual event, which is a tremendous fund-raiser for local charities, organised by Tynedale Lions Club and Tynedale RFC and held at the Rugby Club in Corbridge.
Tricia has also lent her support at a number of smaller events – Slaley Show, Rotary Golf Tournament, Allendale Agricultural Show and Blanchland and Hunstanton Show to name but a few, and has also been organising in-house client seminars.
Carrying on into 2016, on 20th April Tricia sponsored the Hexham and District Music Society concert in the Queen's Hall in Hexham which was a performence by the Endymion Horn Trio. It happened to coincide with her birthday so most of the staff and a few friends helped her to celebrate with a buffet and drinks at West Orchard House before they all trooped down to enjoy the concert.
On 30th April, also at the Queen's Hall, Tricia sponsored Susan Calman's sell-out performance "Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression With the Crab of Hate" which was part of the Hexham Book Festival.
The final event was the Coastal Challenge walk on May 2nd 2016, to raise funds for Tynedale Hospice at Home. The full challenge is 26.2 miles covering our fantastic Northumberland coast from Bamburgh to Alnmouth and is over mixed coastal terrain. Tricia, some members of the staff and some family members took part with a number completing the whole walk with others managing as much as they sensibly could. Sponsorship for those hardy souls (or, in this case should that be soles?) came via a JustGiving website, some direct to the walkers themselves or as cheques to the office and a substantial amount was also forthcoming at the West Orchard House Open Evening on 5th May.