Business advisers UNW hit the right note with their annual charity after its choir performed Christmas carols and gave out gifts to older and disabled people in the East End of Newcastle.
Staff and partners of the Newcastle-based firm of chartered accountants gave out around 60 Christmas presents as its singers, including “choirmaster” and UNW partner Charles Linaker, performed for users of small Tyneside community charity Caring Hands.
As well as raising more than £6,000 since April, UNW has also held a match-funded Christmas jumper day, mince pie sale, staff Christmas raffle throughout December and made a further donation instead of sending client Christmas cards.
The firm is raising funds exclusively for Caring Hands until April 2015, to help it sustain the independence and quality of life of older and disabled people in the East End of Newcastle and beyond, after staff chose it as their charity of the year for 2014/15.
UNW partner Charles Linaker said: “We always carry out a number of fund raising activities for our annual charity and this year, inspired by watching Gareth Malone’s efforts on TV, we set up a workplace choir in the summer.
“We knew that Caring Hands already held a regular lunch club for those whom it supports and so it was suggested that the choir could sing for the members around Christmas, to give our singing group something to work towards.
“Our original performance was at the beginning of December and we were told that the bingo had been cancelled to accommodate us so we were a little apprehensive at what reaction we might get.
“But everyone seemed to enjoy joining in with renditions of Winter Wonderland, The Holly and the Ivy and Jingle Bells and we were asked back again to perform at their Christmas lunch so we can’t have been too bad.”