Monday 21st June, 2010

Romsey Mill is PwC's charity of the year

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Cambridge, a provider of assurance, tax and business advisory services, has chosen Romsey Mill, a Christian charity working with young people, children and families in Cambridgeshire, as its first ever Charity of the Year.

Staff at PwC’s offices in Abacus House, Castle Park - over 200 people - voted at the firm’s recent annual general meeting and Romsey Mill, the Cambridge charity now in its 30th year, was selected as its charity for 2010/11.

Stuart Newman, of PwC Cambridge, said: “We are excited to be partnering with a local charity which has an excellent and proven track record of working with marginalised young people and families across Cambridgeshire.

“Our community programme is focused on education, employability and the environment and the first two of these fit particularly well with the work going on at Romsey Mill. Our staff are looking forward to the getting stuck in with volunteering across the different programmes and helping the dedicated team at the Mill deliver its objectives.”

Established by local churches in 1980, Romsey Mill works with around 1,000 young people and families in Cambridgeshire every week – including teenage parents, young people with autism, families with small children and young people experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage. Working together with young people and families, the charity works to overcome disadvantage, promote inclusion and develop well-being.

Neil Perry, CEO of Romsey Mill, said: “We have been really impressed by PwC’s positive attitude and their willingness to understand how our charity works and the strategic challenges we face. We are looking forward to working alongside their staff and, in particular, to benefit from their considerable business skills and their expertise with helping people get back into employment, education or training through their employability programmes.”

As well as providing volunteers and advice for Romsey Mill, PwC is also planning some fundraising initiatives for the year ahead. The staff team at PwC Cambridge have already signed up for Romsey Mill’s Year of Challenges which is aiming to raise £30,000 by the end on the year.

The PwC team – with some help from the staff at the Mill - are aiming to cycle 3,266 miles from Cambridge, UK to Cambridge, Massachusetts on four exercise bikes located in their offices. The target is to raise £3,000. Staff member Ian Black has already raised over £450 on his own 9-day cycle marathon from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

PwC’s Cambridge office has been serving clients in the region for 25 years providing business solutions and delivering value for companies of all sizes from rapidly growing start-ups to global multinationals. PWC Cambridge is part of a global network of more than 163,000 people in 151 countries. The PwC in the Community programme enables PwC to contribute its time, skills and resources while offering opportunities for staff to gain new skills and personal fulfilment.