Birmingham-based chartered accountants JW Hinks, completed their leg of a national Olympic-style challenge to raise much-needed funds for Alzheimer’s sufferers.
The firm took part in the UK200Group’s “Not the Olympics 2012” charity campaign, in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Participating member firms have been tasked with relaying an Olympic-style torch across the country, finishing at the Olympic Stadium in London in time for the Group’s annual conference in November.
So far, the torch has travelled through Perth, Glasgow, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Harrogate, Hull, Cheshire, Derby and Sutton Coldfield.
Having received the torch at their Edgbaston office on July 1 from marketing company JE Consulting, participating accountants at JW Hinks took to the road on July 4 to transport the torch to the next participating firm, Nicklin LLP in Halesowen.
Although it was just a hop, skip and jump to Halesowen, the torch did however travel in style, in a 1934 Rolls Royce 20 no less, which was kindly leant by a JW Hinks client, A.B Taylor Wedding service of Quinton.
Managing Director Paul Jones carried the torch and was accompanied by Manager Pete Smith, Partner Neal Aston, and Sally Smith from the Payroll department, with the entire office out in force to wave them off at 1.30pm. The team were supported by Emma Dowler, a fundraiser for the West Midlands and Warwick region of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Managing Director Paul Jones said: “It was a fantastic day and travelling in the vintage the Rolls Royce was a real novelty. We were proud to be part of the event that is in aid of such a worthy cause.
“Alzheimer’s affects around 465,000 people in the UK, so we are grateful for all the support we have received so far from clients and colleagues. The money is still coming in, but we know it will help make a real difference to the lives of families blighted by this terrible disease.”