Ashford accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy raises £3,300 for Abbie’s Army
Wilkins Kennedy LLP, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Ashford has raised £3,300 for Abbie’s Army, a children’s charity that supports research into DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) a rare, incurable and inoperable brain tumour.
Abbie’s Army is a charity dedicated to the memory of Ashford schoolgirl Abbie Mifsud, who was diagnosed with DIPG and passed away in 2011, aged six. Abbie battled through her treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey and money previously raised by the charity has been donated to the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham and has also supported the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through their Marsden March event.
All the staff at Wilkins Kennedy in Ashford have been involved in organising and hosting a number of different fundraising activities including charity quizzes, raffles, bake sales, contests and sweepstakes. Abbie’s mother, Mandy Walker, says, “We are overwhelmed with the amount raised! Every penny will go directly to much needed DIPG research, that will hopefully one day lead to a real breakthrough for this deadly disease.” She added, “In the UK, one child is affected with this brain tumour every 9 days and yet its universal fatal prognosis is unchanged in decades. In memory of Abbie it’s most important to us that we can give DIPG children some hope for a brighter future.”
Paul Webb, Senior Manager at Wilkins Kennedy in Ashford, says, ”When we heard the devastating news about Abbie it hit everyone at Wilkins Kennedy hard and we wanted to do something to help. We chose Abbie’s Army as our charity of the year as a result and we are delighted with the amazing total of £3,300 that has been raised. We know Ray and Mandy will put this to good use and hopefully our contribution will assist with the research into DIPG that is badly needed.”
To support Abbie’s Army please text ARMY60 to 70070.