Richard Place Dobson employees take part in Midnight Walk for St Catherine’s Hospice

Richard Place Dobson Angels running the Midnight Walk for St Catherine's Hospice.
Richard Place Dobson Angels running the Midnight Walk for St Catherine's Hospice.

Volunteers from an accountancy firm raised around £1,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk earlier this month.

The ‘RPD Angels’, a group of nine staff from Crawley’s Richard Place Dobson, embarked on the 13.2 mile walk in Horsham, among 900 taking part.

They ranged from their youngest trainee at 22 to their longest serving member, Maggie Reid, who has been with the firm for more than 50 years.

Melissa Morrison-Hardwick, client manager, said: “The organisers at St Catherine’s and sponsors Welland Medical did a great job on the night – they even provided warm up exercises and really rallied everyone to get into the mood.

“It was cold and wet but two of our guys from the office, Karl and John, came and saved the day halfway through the night by bringing us cups of hot chocolate and lots of sweets – I think we were the envy of some of the other walkers.”

Mrs Reid added: “This year was particularly boggy in the park but everyone was in great spirits throughout the night and we ended up finishing around 4.30 am.

“We don’t get to see a great deal of each other socially, so this is a really good opportunity to get together whilst supporting a worthy cause. We have had a few new starters recently so it’s a great way for them to get to know the rest of the team.”

The firm regularly raises funds for St Catherine’s, taking part in various events throughout the year. A team of 16 are already lined up for the Dragon Boat Festival on September 2 at Tilgate Park.

For the last two years the RPD team has won the fancy dress competition and are hoping for a third win this year with costumes already underway.

Richard Place Dobson’s charity team manages more than 100 clients, from small local charities under the audit threshold to larger international concerns, including Crawley Open House, The Japan Society, East Grinstead Sports Club and the Polish Catholic Mission.