Employees at the accountancy firm KPMG have raised £1m for the children’s charity the NSPCC and are on track to raise another £500,000 by September, the organisations have announced.
As part of the partnership, which began in April 2018, the company’s 16,000 employees have taken part in the London Marathon, trekked the Great Wall of China and completed cycling challenges.
The money will fund the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe service, which provides advice in schools, as well as counsellors to work on the charity’s Childline helpline service.
Staff at the company also supported NSPCC through volunteering hours by helping out at events and volunteering at school information sessions or as Childline counsellors.
Cyber security experts at the company gave their expertise pro bono, working with the NSPCC’s online safety teams to explore ways to help protect children online.
James Stewart, vice chair of KPMG, said: “The dedication, enthusiasm and stamina shown by all of our staff has been truly inspiring.
“It would not have been possible without all those who have baked, gamed, sung, quizzed, abseiled, volunteered, trekked, rowed, run, cycled or just given generously.
“There are many more staff fundraising activities coming up this year, including a repeat of our flagship national fundraising event, which this year will include cycling and walking.”
The company initially set out to raise £1m in total, but pushed the target up to £1.5m after raising money more quickly than expected in the first half of 2019.
Jo Swinhoe, director of income generation, fundraising and engagement for the NSPCC, thanked everyone at KPMG.
“We are so grateful for the volunteering, pro bono and fundraising support that KPMG staff have so kindly given to us,” she said.
“The money raised is enabling us to transform childhoods throughout the UK and delivering real social impact.”