Leeds taxmen's charity day

Tax specialists in Leeds rolled up their sleeves and over 150 volunteers from PwC joined colleagues from other offices around the county in a community day to raise money for local charities.

In Leeds a festive flurry of activities took place to raise over 5,500 for the office's nominated charity, Wheatfields Hospice and to help local children attend live screenings of the PwC pantomime at cinemas

and hospitals in the region on January 26.

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The back of the firm's Benson House office turned into a car wash for the day as partners and directors swapped suits for chamoix leathers to clean staff cars in exchange for donations. Visitors to the office stepped into a winter wonderland as reception was transformed into a Christmas Fayre offering mulled wine and mince pies, champagne raffle, a cake sale and auction.

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Over in The Light shopping centre, a 16 hour sponsored 'cycleathon' challenge saw a team of volunteers cycle over 830km, the equivalent distance of going from Leeds to Dover and then on beyond Paris, Dusseldorf or Amsterdam on static bikes!

An office wide collection of food items saw volunteers pack and deliver 60 hampers through Hope City Church's contacts for families in need of some extra support this Christmas. Green fingered volunteers also cleared woodlands in Adel for Wheatfields Hospice while other staff volunteered report writing skills for Barca and helped out at Leeds food bank.

To finish off a successful day of fundraising, local businesses took on PwC staff in a charity quiz night.

Paul Nixon, senior partner, PwC, Leeds said: "Supporting the local community always remains a priority for us, especially at this time of year. Our volunteers have made a huge effort to give something valuable to our local communities and raise money for Wheatfields Hospice. I know their efforts have helped brighten the lives of those around them and spread a little festive cheer."

Chris Normington, of Sue Ryder said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at PwC in Leeds for all their efforts. A fantastic 5561.27 was raised during the day for Wheatfields."

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