Yorkshire accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott has raised £18,000 for its two charity partners following a series of fundraising events over the past 12 months.

Donations have been made to York Against Cancer and Leeds Children’s Hospital Charity, with each charity receiving £9,000. Both charities were chosen by Garbutt + Elliott employees for the valuable work they do in providing crucial services to people suffering life-threatening conditions and ill health throughout Yorkshire.

In order to raise the sum, the York and Leeds-based firm’s employees undertook a series of events throughout the course of the year. These included tackling the tough terrain of the 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and a gruelling four-hour 35-mile bike ride from Leeds to York, which raised over £10,000.

York Against Cancer is a small, independent charity that provides help and support for cancer patients and their families in York and throughout North Yorkshire, as well as funding vital research and education programmes aimed at preventing and curing cancer in the future.

Julie Russell, general manager at York Against Cancer, said: “We are delighted to hear that such a large amount has been raised over the course of the year. The team at Garbutt + Elliott has really gone all-out in their fundraising efforts. This money will go a long way in helping people in the region and their families who are affected by cancer.”

Leeds Children’s Hospital Charity is part of the Leeds Cares charity family. The charity’s vision is to help enable the best possible health and wellbeing for children and young people, and the best possible support for their families. Valuable funds go towards cutting edge equipment and specialist staff, ground breaking paediatric research, and education and training for staff.  The charity’s current priority is raising valuable funds for the complete redevelopment of Leeds Children’s Hospital, supporting the vision for a world leading Children’s Hospital building in the heart of Leeds city centre.

David Welch, chief executive at Leeds Cares said “We are absolutely delighted with Garbutt + Elliott’s fundraising total. Over the past year, they have worked tirelessly to raise this money and the dedication from the team was evident. Without the ongoing generosity of our corporate partners, we could not continue to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. A huge well done and thank you to all involved.”

Each year staff from Garbutt + Elliott select which charity partners the firm will work with. Last year the practice raised £15,000, which was surpassed by this year’s total of £18,000.

Russell Turner, managing partner at Garbutt + Elliott, said: “Raising this significant amount of money was an incredible feat achieved by our staff. Everyone has worked tirelessly over the last year, giving up their own time to take part in often gruelling physical challenges all in the name of charity.

“Our employees identified the incredible work these organisations do and chose to partner with them over the past year as a result of that. We hope the immense efforts from everyone involved and the funds raised will continue to support their valuable work.”

Garbutt + Elliott has 11 partners and advises businesses throughout Yorkshire across a range of sectors including manufacturing, food, digital tech and creative, construction, leisure and charities.