Accountants boost Derbyshire charity

Mark Smallman, director at Brearley and Co Accountants, presents a cheque for �1,000 to Think Jessica founder Marilyn Baldwin.
Mark Smallman, director at Brearley and Co Accountants, presents a cheque for �1,000 to Think Jessica founder Marilyn Baldwin.
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Accountants put their tax returns on hold while they hosted a fundraising quiz night for a deserving charity.

Employees at Brearley and Co Accountants, based at Swinton, Rotherham, presented Think Jessica with a cheque for £1,000 that will go towards protecting elderly and vulnerable people from telephone and postal scams.

The charity was set up by Derbyshire campaigner Marilyn Baldwin after her mother Jessica Looke, who died aged 83 in 2007, was conned out of £50,000 and bombarded with up to 30 junk letters every day, claiming she owed money to various organisations. This year Mrs Baldwin was awarded an OBE in recognition of her hard work with the charity.

Brearley & Co knew Marilyn and her husband Peter from back in the early 1990s when they started dealing with the accounts for their business.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Brearley & Co decided to mark the occasion with a fundraising quiz night in aid of the Think Jessica charity. The event took place at the Carlton Park Hotel with the special guest CJ de Mooi from BBC Two’s Revenge of the Egghead programme.

A total of 19 teams – made up of businesses from around the region – took part in the quiz and the winning team, The Fork Handles from Handelsbanken in Rotherham, challenged CJ in the final but lost out 3-2 to the Egghead!