KPMG’s Birmingham office has handed over a cheque for over £6,500 to St Basils, raised from staff donations over the past year.
At a St Basils event, which was hosted by KPMG at the firm’s One Snow Hill office, Nicky Welch from KPMG handed the cheque over to St Basil’s Chief Executive, Jean Templeton.
KPMG announced its support for the youth homelessness charity in March, with the charity’s mission tying in to KPMG’s commitment to encourage social mobility and improve young people’s life chances.
Since then, as well as raising money from staff donations, KPMG has also supported St Basils through pro bono work, including working on its people strategy, supporting a new pilot and providing mentoring to senior staff. And KPMG staff have also worked with the young people at St Basils on applying for jobs, CV writing and interview skills.
Nicky Welch has been very involved in the pro bono work, so was delighted to hand the cheque over to Jean, she said:
“Before I started work with St Basils, I met with Jean and went to see some of their accommodation. I was incredibly impressed by the high standard of homes and the support services offered. It’s a very inspiring place to be and so I’m very proud that we can help support with donations such as this, as well as with pro bono work, to help St Basils grow and develop to carry on delivering its much-needed services.”
Jean Templeton commented:
“This money raised by KPMG employees means such a lot to us. It contributes to the education and training programmes which help our young people take up employment opportunities. More than that, it shows young people that you care about them, enough to organise a range of activities to raise money to help them when they most need it. The pro bono work enables us to access high level professional skills which helps us save money which we can then redirect to young people’s support.”
Photo caption: Nicky Welch from KPMG (far left) hands over cheque to St Basils Fundraising Committee Chair Nick Venning (Centre) and St Basils Chief Executive Jean Templeton.