KPMG in the Crown Dependencies has launched its first anniversary project which is aimed at helping islanders with the cost-of-living crisis – providing additional funding to the Guernsey Welfare Service’s food bank over the winter.
Having been involved in Guernsey remotely since 1891 as Black, Geoghegan & Till, in 1923 the firm formally registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as having a physical presence in the island. KPMG are therefore celebrating 100 years of physical presence and more than 130 years of association with the island, and wish to coincide this anniversary by helping those in the local community who may be feeling the squeeze.
To help those most in need, KPMG will be providing a variety of different goods over the course of the winter – including fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, advent calendars for the kids and gifts for certain users of the Welfare Service’s facilities. The firm will also help the food bank modify its needs as demand changes over the coming months, and throughout November staff are donating goods from their own shopping bills to further support those in need this winter.
It is part of several events and anniversary projects KPMG will be holding over the course of 2023, after more than 220 combined years of being associated with the Crown Dependencies from all its predecessor firms.
Tony Mancini, Head of Office for Guernsey, said: “As we enter a time of economic uncertainty, rising prices and the consequent squeeze on earnings, it is easy to foresee that the food bank will be in demand. We wanted to direct funding to this area in priority to exploring other anniversary projects which we hope to announce in due course as we think this funding is needed now.”
Neale Jehan, Senior Partner of KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, said: “We are grateful for our relationship with Guernsey over the last 130 years and in giving back, we hope that if this will make even a small difference to the lives of those that might struggle this winter and beyond, then it will have been worth doing. It’s great that our staff are also contributing alongside the firm.”
Sue Le Friec, Guernsey Welfare Service Co-Ordinator, said: “We’re so thankful that KPMG are supporting Guernsey Welfare in this way. To have fresh fruit and veg to offer those visiting the food bank makes a huge difference and really helps families to eat healthily at a time when rising costs are causing people to make difficult food choices.”
Pictured: Left to right – Neale Jehan, Sue Le Friec, Donna Olliver, Tony Mancini, Susi Glegg.