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Football may have been off, but the winter training coats are on, thanks to Mitten Clarke’s employees. They’ve provided the assist to Blurton Reds FC under 10’s boys and Blurton Ruby FC under 9’s girls teams, who are first to net a win from the company’s Great Ideas Grants.

Award-winning Chartered Accountancy firm, Mitten Clarke, have put £10,000 a year in the hands of their employees, to support great ideas in their local communities. The scheme ensures that the support reaches those smaller causes, that are meaningful to the team and impact the lives of people in the localities they are a part of.

Dad of two, Michael Burgess, Tax Director at Mitten Clarke applied for the lads, whilst Bookkeeper and mum Aimee Calcott made sure the girls were also on target for funding.

Aimee told us “2020 was a tough year for the kids, they’re so keen to play again and in these challenging times it’s been difficult to attract any sponsorship. When we heard about the Great Ideas Grant, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for Mitten Clarke to share a bit of community warmth with the youngsters.”

Operations Director James Beardmore adds, “Team sports are so important for physical and mental wellbeing, and we recognise that getting youngsters involved has real benefits, not just for them, but for their number one fans – the parents – too. The Great Ideas Grant is the perfect way to ensure our charitable giving is making a difference to the communities we serve in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Manchester. We are keen to give widely and inclusively. We are encouraging employees to look out for opportunities to help environmental, educational, physical and mental health and social development causes.”

In addition to the Great Ideas Grants, Mitten Clarke were busy in the season of goodwill, with employees and associates responding to the shoebox appeal for The Macari Centre in Hanley and Mustard Tree in Manchester. 108 shoeboxes were received with the company donating an addition £10 per box gifted.

The Mustard Tree and Alice Charity were on the receiving end of Mitten Clarke’s recent food donation, whilst The British Heart Foundation, Dementia UK and North Staffs Mind have benefitted from the team’s weekly zoom Bingo winnings.

James sums up “It’s great to be active in our communities, to come together and share with those we’re closest to. We’re really proud of our team for stepping up, and can’t wait to hear their suggestions for the next Great Ideas Grant.”