Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has completed a charity golf challenge to support The Leeds Fund, managed by Leeds Community Foundation; and raised around £5,000 to enable smaller grassroots projects and charities to support their local communities.
The team, including RSM partners Kevin O’Connor, Neil Sevitt, Jon Pepper and Mike Thornton, took on the challenge of playing 100 holes of golf at five different Leeds locations in one day. After a 4.30am tee time at Moor Allerton Golf Club, the team took on Sandmoor golf course, followed by Headingley and Moortown and completed the final round at Alwoodley at 9pm. In total the team covered 28 miles on foot, which equates to 54,704 steps, and burned over 4,700 calories.
The event raised much-needed funds for RSM’s charity of the year - Leeds Community Foundation. Experts in local need, the Foundation established The Leeds Fund last year to secure and distribute funds to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations that can provide vital services to local people. Allowing youth groups to run a series of art therapy sessions or a luncheon club to invite elderly residents for a fun day out with healthy hot meals – the money raised by RSM will help a range of people.
Kevin O’Connor, RSM’s regional managing partner for Yorkshire and the North East, said:
‘We are proud to support The Leeds Fund. Leeds Community Foundation assists a number of local organisations that work to address inequalities in our community and we are committed to raising as much money as possible for such a great cause. ‘We certainly travelled the distance and have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received – from colleagues and clients, to each golf club for hosting, RSM’s Matt Reed for support on the day and James Whittaker Golf for our branded kit. This support is greatly appreciated as it will go a long way to directly helping our communities here in Leeds.’
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation said:
‘We are grateful to the RSM for their donation to The Leeds Fund and their interest in supporting the community groups we work with. Community groups and charities play an important role in the city and with increasing Government cuts – it is important that we fill this void by increasing donations to The Leeds Fund and ensure these groups receive the funding they need to support local people.’