RSM is supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through a range of efforts, as part of UK celebrations for the charity’s Diamond Jubilee. The firm’s involvement includes a night of music to raise funds and joining the Diamond Challenge for a variety of challenges for the firm’s staff.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to support young people in their development for success in life and work. Last year 253,005 people aged between 14 and 24 started the award process, involving a range of challenges resulting in a Bronze, Silver of Gold DofE Award. Around 41,000 of the latest intake stemmed from disadvantaged, at risk or marginalised backgrounds – a section of society found to benefit the most from meeting the award requirements. This year marks the 60th anniversary (Diamond) of the DofE Award founding, with a range of special programmes developed as part of the celebration.
RSM, as part of its wider corporate responsibility contribution, organised a night of live music in support of DofE) in its Diamond Anniversary year – raising £1,000 for the national charity. The night included performances from seven acts, which played to a crowd of more than 100 of the firm’s employees and peers. Acts included Bibby Financial Services, Forbes, Harrison Drury, KBL Solicitors, Lancashire Business View, Natwest and Philip.T Jones and Partners.
Reflecting on the event, Kevin Duffy, RSM’s Office Managing Partner in Preston, says, “RSM sessions was the perfect forum for the Lancashire business community to come together, have fun and raise money for a great cause. Each and every act got into the spirit for the DofE and challenged themselves to perform in front of their peers. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we received – both to make the event happen and the level of donations. Thanks to everyone who supported us, and special thanks to the RSM team for coordinating the event; each act for entertaining us on the night; and to everyone who attended."
In addition, RSM has unveiled that its offices across the UK will participate in the charity’s Diamond Challenge. Around 800 of the firm’s employees have joined challenges that include climbing various peaks in the UK, and learning circus skills. The firm has also launched a Gold DofE Award for school leavers and graduates joining the firm’s ranks in February next year.