Kind-hearted senior managers from a leading Brierley Hill financial services company are stepping up their fundraising for a Black Country children’s hospice as they prepare for their 12,000 feet charity skydive.

Members of the senior management team from Abacus Wealth Services are increasing their summer activity to raise donations for Acorns Children’s Hospice as part of a year-long programme to support the good cause.

They have already raised more than 40 per cent of the target of £20,000 they set themselves to contribute to Acorns, in addition to a £7,000 corporate donation made earlier this year, with a charity bike ride among the challenges planned for the coming weeks.

Managing director Nigel Round, financial advisers Ben Dyas and Daniel Paton, along with Nigel’s son Michael Round, who is joining Abacus as a financial adviser, will put their fear of heights to one side this weekend for the skydive, which will take place at an airfield near Swansea.

The Abacus senior managers, who are normally based at their offices in Two Woods Lane, Brierley Hill, will do their tandem jumps on Saturday (Aug 28). Once the skydive is complete, Ben plans to follow it up with a 100-mile charity bike, to be undertaken with his 11-year-old son Noah, while his colleagues are planning more challenges.

MD Nigel Round said the Abacus team were motivated to help Acorns by raising funds. He said: “We have respect for the bravery shown by the children and families who rely on Acorns and appreciate the work which the charity does for so many. It was important for us as a Black Country business with strong links in the local business community to help raise funds for such a good local cause.”

Ben Dyas said: “We have all been moved by the bravery of the Acorns children and their families, so it has been gratifying to raise funds for their work. As a team we enjoy helping people, so it has been great to take on new challenges for a worthy cause.”

Daniel Paton added: “Working with a range of clients, we are used to getting involved in new situations but nothing quite as daunting as jumping from a plane. We are pleased to be able to raise funds for Acorns as we all recognise the amazing work they do across the region.”

Abacus Wealth Services signed up as a corporate partner for Acorns, making the hospice charity their 2021 worthy cause for fundraising and other support including volunteering. Abacus began the year with a £7,000 corporate donation, the equivalent of funding a full 24 hours of services, before beginning their latest phase of fundraising.

Abacus Wealth Services is an appointed representative of St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc. The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group, will match every pound raised by Abacus Wealth Services for Acorns.

Operating three specialist centres, Acorns offers specialist palliative care for children and young people with life limiting and life-threatening conditions, while offering support for their families.

To find out how to donate to Abacus Skydive Challenge for Acorns, go to: www.abacuswealthservices.co.uk/acorns-childrens-hospice/

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