Hereford’s Open Door receives donation from award-winning local accountants - Thorne Widgery

Staff and Partners at one of Hereford’s leading accountancy firms, Thorne Widgery, have made a donation to local charity Open Door.

The organisation, which helps those who are homeless, living in temporary or sub-standard accommodation or on their own, received £125 from the local firm following its Christmas fundraising drive.

Thorne Widgery held a Christmas Bake-off and Jumper Day at their offices in Wyevale Business Park, during which it challenged staff to come up with the most creative baked goods that they could.

Some fantastic cakes, bread and pies were entered and staff were asked to vote by putting coins in cups for the look and taste of the ones they liked the most, with the winners being chosen by the amount of money in the cup at the end of the day.

Stephen Smallwood, Managing Director at Thorne Widgery, said: “Everyone had a fantastic day showing off their best – and worst – Christmas attire and sampling the amazing food brought in by their colleagues.

“The amount we raised was brilliant and we know that Open Door will put it to good use supporting local disadvantaged people and families.”

To make the cheque donation extra special, the team at Thorne Widgery supplied non-perishable food items and toiletries that could be given to people who attend Open Door and are given take-away bags.

Mike Wilkinson, Chairperson at Open Door, said: “Open Door relies totally on voluntary donations from a variety of sources, individuals, groups and companies such as Thorne Widgery.

“Without these we would not be able to offer what we do to many less advantaged, often forgotten members of society.

“Their donation represents approximately the food that we provide for two days. It is good that our team of volunteers are supported by donations such as this.”