A NORTH EAST accountancy firm has set itself an ambitious target to raise £100,000 for local and national charities to mark its centenary year.

Robson Laidler Accountants and Business Advisors, which is based in Jesmond, will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020 and staff have pledged to raise £1,000 for every year it has been in business by then.

Over the next four years the firm will seek to raise the substantial amount of cash with a timetable of various fundraising activities including the Three Peaks challenge next year as well as staff’s chargeable time being used to volunteer for local projects.

The firm has recently given all staff 7.5 hours per year to volunteer within work hours and some initiatives so far have seen staff painting garden furniture at a community bowling club in Newcastle, supermarket bag packing and talking to young people about careers in accountancy at local schools.

The firm asked staff to vote for a Charity of the Year to give focus to the fundraising activities. For the first 12 months, Dementia UK has been selected to receive the bulk of the funds raised with other local charities still benefiting from other fundraising efforts.

Head of comms at Robson Laildler Gemma Graham said: “This is a huge target for us but we wanted to do something momentous for our 100th year in business and we are all passionate about achieving this goal. Our charity committee are making a concerted effort by planning a range of fundraising activities and volunteering projects the whole team can get involved with.

“It’s going to be key for everyone to pull together and take part in fundraising activities from cake bakes and raffles to big events like our Three Peaks Challenge next year and The Great North Run and we welcome donations from any individual or business to help us succeed.”

As well as the £100,000 target the staff at Robson Laider are also aiming to achieve 100 different successes including supported 100 charities and taking part in 100 different charitable activities over the course of the next four years.

Robson Laidler has set up a Just Giving page for individuals and business to help them achieve its fundraising target. Visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robson-Laidler to make a donation.