15/10/12 Donation To The Blackthorn Trust - DSH Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

DSH Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has reinforced its long-standing commitment to supporting the local community after donating £500 to Maidstone-based charity The Blackthorn Trust. Follow this link for more of our community features.

DSH made the donation as part of a client survey. As an incentive to complete the form, clients who took part had their names entered into a blind draw to win the £500 for a charity of their choice.

Dr David McGavin, a senior partner at the Blackthorn Medical Centre, was the lucky client chosen from the 300-plus returned surveys, and asked for the donation to be made to the Trust.

The Trust – comprising of the medical centre, working gardens and a community café - provides medical care, rehabilitation and social welfare services to those suffering serious or long-term illnesses.

Mike Startup, the partner at DSH responsible for the Blackthorn Medical Centre, said: “We are delighted to donate this sum to The Blackthorn Trust, as the charity relies solely on donations to continue its work.

“We like to support local community charities and projects any way we can. DSH is a local firm, both here in Maidstone, and in Rickmansworth, where our other office is sited.

“Our staff are pretty much all local, as are so many of our clients, which means we are part of the same community as those in need of help.”

Dr McGavin said: “We are delighted to have won such a generous amount of money from DSH. Selecting the Blackthorn Trust as our chosen charity was an obvious option. It’s a charity that’s incredibly close to my heart and working for the Trust means I get to see the difference the donation will make first hand.”

Emma Halpin, Community Fundraiser for the Blackthorn Trust, added: “Relying solely on donations, DSH’s donation is fundamental to the Blackthorn Trust. It means we can continue our work making a difference in the community and to our patients.”

DSH are committed to supporting local communities and in keeping with this commitment it allocates each of its staff two paid working days a year to volunteer at local projects, this equates to some 1,500 working hours a year of voluntary work. DSH is also dedicated to fundraising activities for Demelza Children’s Hospice, Shelterbox and Children in Need.

To find out more about DSH Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors’ services, visit www.dsh.co.uk or call 01622 690666.