Reading Firms Unite to Raise Thousands

Reading Firms Unite to Raise Thousands for Local Charities The winning quiz team, James Cowper Kreston, with Blandy & Blandy Partner Brenda Long.

Reading-based solicitors, Blandy & Blandy LLP, welcomed 17 leading Thames Valley banks and firms to a special charity quiz night on 30 April.  Held at Wild Lime on Friar Street, the event raised over £3,000 for Blandy & Blandy’s two supported charities, Younger people with Dementia (Berkshire West) and Wargrave-based Camp Mohawk.

The evening was supported by RBS, Grant Thornton, Lloyds Bank, James Cowper Kreston, Barclays, BDO, Clydesdale, Chantrey Vellacott DFK, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Barton Willmore, Harrisons, Savills, Haslams, Kempton Carr Croft, Vail Williams, Quantuma LLP and Vale & West. Also taking part in the quiz were Chris Wilcox from Camp Mohawk and Dr Jacqueline Hussey from YPWD.

The winning team were James Cowper Kreston, with Grant Thornton and Barton Willmore sharing second place and Lloyds Bank in third.  The quiz itself was followed by a charity raffle, with donated prizes including an Apple iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, a meal for two at Malmaison and treatments at Cocoon Hair & Beauty.

Simon Dimmick, Chairman at Blandy & Blandy, said: “I am delighted that we raised so much money for our two charities. Thank you to our guests from Camp Mohawk and YPWD and to everyone else who joined us for a highly enjoyable evening.”

Founded in 2012, Young People With Dementia (Berkshire West) was established as a charity to provide support and practical help to people who develop a dementia at an early age (before 65) and their families. Four of the charity’s trustees have a background in the NHS and social services and two have personal experience of living with a family member who developed an early onset dementia.

Jacqui Hussey, Consultant and Chair of YPWD (Berkshire West), added: “Thanks on behalf of the charity for a fabulous evening. Everyone was so generous and it was quite amazing how much money was raised. This will make a real difference.”

Camp Mohawk’s Chris Wilcox commented: “A massive thank you for a great evening. I am so grateful for all of your efforts and for the money that was raised. It was extremely impressive and I’m delighted that Blandy & Blandy is supporting us.”

Camp Mohawk re-opened in 2001 as a day centre providing holiday activities for children with special needs. In term time it is a venue for special needs support groups and schools. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment.
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