Ward Goodman, the Dorset based firm of Chartered Accountants and Independent Financial Advisers, is excited to announce its support for Dorset Mind, an independent charitable provider of mental health services. On Saturday 21 October, twelve members of staff took part in a 5 kilometre ‘Halloween Zombie Escape Challenge’ in Bournemouth. The Ward Goodman team; ‘MIND Your Own Business,’ headed by Audit and Charities Director, Jen Richardson, did their best to complete the 5km obstacle course to out-run zombie hordes and reach the safe zone! The team hopes to raise an incredible £2,000 for Dorset Mind from this fun challenge.
Ian Rodd, Director at Ward Goodman, commented: “As mental health problems can affect anyone, and with around one in four people suffering some form of mental health problem during their lifetime, we hope the donation will help tackle this growing issue in our home county.
“We love it when our staff get fully on-board with our fundraising events, and in the past they’ve done swims, runs, parachute jumps and fancy dress. However, having to survive a 5km run without being ‘infected’ by zombies is certainly on another level and I’m sure they’ll do really well!”
Dr Andrew Mayers, Principal Academic at Bournemouth University and Patron for Dorset Mind, said: “We are very grateful to Ward Goodman for this support. Dorset Mind’s aim is to provide high quality mental health services across Dorset, with all money raised through the charity going directly into providing those services across the county.”
Dee Swinton, Dorset Mind’s Fundraising and Marketing Manager added: “The Zombie Escape Challenge is Ward Goodman’s first fundraising event in aid of us as its Charity of the Year – and what an amazing target! The run itself encourages physical health and team-building, and that in turn has great effects on wellbeing. We’re hoping that Ward Goodman benefits from taking part as much as we do.”
To sponsor the Ward Goodman team and help reach our fundraising target go to: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WardGoodman17