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Number crunching: Kent accountants support foodbank campaign


Charter Tax Collects For Local Food Bank

If you have a warm, comfortable home and a roof over your head, you’re lucky.

The team at Kent and London accountancy firm Charter Tax know this – which is why they’ve been supporting less fortunate families through a West Kent foodbank.

Accountants at the company’s Kent office just outside Goudhurst supported the Nourish Community Foodbank’s 12 Days of Christmas campaign during the run-up to the festive season by bringing in a daily item of food to donate.

Nourish helps people in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas – not just by providing food, but by supporting them and putting them in touch with other organisations who can help them, whether with finding employment or learning to cook, budget and eat a healthy diet.

Since it was set up in 2012, the charity has provided more than 160,000 meals. Just £3 buys a meal for someone in need.
Dawn Stanford, Nourish’s operations manager, explained: “In 2018 we had a referral for two teenage girls who were unexpectedly bereaved. They had no extended family and had been surviving for several weeks with limited food.

“We were able to step in, fill their cupboards with food essentials and, thanks to offers of help from some of our wonderful long-term supporters, we could make sure they had a Christmas Day meal without having to worry about food.”

Recipients have to be referred to the foodbank by someone like a health professional or police officer to ensure they’re genuine, and normally are allowed a maximum of 12 food parcels in a year. In 2017-2018, two thirds of people who used the foodbank did so three times or less.

Janet Pierce, Charter Tax’s founder and principal, said:“We try to do as much as we can to support good causes. In the past we’ve supported the Hospice in the Weald, Tax Help for Older People, Movember, the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Help for Heroes and the Calverley Adventure Grounds play area in Tunbridge Wells.

“We chose to help the foodbank this year because we feel it’s a big problem. A study by Heriot-Watt University for the Trussell Trust estimated that one in 50 UK households used a foodbank in 2018-19 – and that the average income of those households was £50  a week after rent.

“The team at Charter Tax know we’re lucky, because we don’t have to worry about whether we can feed ourselves and our kids from week to week. This feels like the least we can do.

“Anyone can fall on hard times, and if any of us were in that situation, we’d hope others would be generous to us.”

Founded in 2009, Charter Tax works with a variety of clients, both individuals and businesses, in the UK and internationally. We help with everything from VAT and company accounts to finance for couples who are getting divorced, and specialise in international tax, including company expansions abroad, offshore trusts and tax for non-doms.

Call us at our Kent office on 01580 313108, or visit us at Suite 1, Bedgebury Business Park, Forge Farm, Goudhurst TN17 2QZ. Or contact our London office at 1 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP or on 020 7084 5771.

To find out more about the Nourish Community Foodbank visit www.nourishcommunityfoodbank.org.uk

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“They made such a huge difference”: Kent accountants choose hospital’s Twinkling Stars appeal as 2020 charity


Charter Tax Supports Twinkling Stars Campaign

A charity which helps families who have lost a baby will benefit from a whole year of fundraising support from a Kent accountancy firm.

Charter Tax, which has offices in Kent and London, is supporting East Kent Hospitals’ Twinkling Stars campaign as its chosen charity for the coming year after it helped two of its own members of staff.

The charity has provided a private suite at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where families who have lost a baby can have their own space to say goodbye together.

The suite is next to the labour ward so that mothers are close to the medical team, but are away from families who are celebrating the birth of a baby. It has its own kitchenette and bathroom, and families are looked after by a specially trained midwife.

The couple from Charter Tax who were supported by Twinkling Stars said: “They looked after us from the moment we got to the hospital to the moment we left. They couldn’t have done more for us and also offered support after we got home.

“Without this charity, we would have been on the main labour ward giving birth with all the other mums. This organisation makes such a huge difference to the emotional wellness of the people involved and we can’t praise and thank them enough.”

Dee Neligan, East Kent Hospitals Charity’s fundraising and development officer, and maternity matron Jo Olagboyega visited the Charter Tax office to tell the team more about Twinkling Stars, and Charter Tax principal Mark Howard presented them with a cheque to start the year of fundraising.

The firm donated £1,000 to the charity instead of sending Christmas cards in December, and will match whatever funds the team raise over the coming year.

Twinkling Stars was founded by Charlotte Bassett-Rogers, whose son Blake was stillborn at just 25 weeks in 2014.

She had to cope with the ordeal while still on the maternity ward, so she and her sisters, Leigh Knight and Georgina Varnals, made it their mission to see if they could provide something better for other families.

The suite at the William Harvey opened in 2018 and has inspired a similar facility at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, called Precious Memories. Twinkling Stars’ next goal at Ashford is to create an entrance to the suite that is separate from the labour ward, and to redesign one of the labour rooms.

The charity’s Justgiving page explains: “Women and their families who are dealing with the loss of a baby are experiencing a unique form of grief, needing physical and psychological support.
“The suite will require charitable support to keep it looking as good as new and replace the soft furnishings, toiletries and decorations when required.”

Founded in 2009, Charter Tax has offices in Kent and London and works with both businesses and individual clients from around the world. We specialise in international tax, including tax for non-doms, company expansions and offshore trusts.

Call our Kent office on 01580 313108, or visit us at Suite 1, Bedgebury Business Park, Forge Farm, Goudhurst TN17 2QZ. Alternatively, contact our London office on 020 7084 5771 or visit us at 1 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP.

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