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Supporter focus: Whimsical Events

Kirsti of Whimsical Events is one of the founding committee members of KACCL. Following the huge success of last year’s event, Kirsti is confident that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.

Beautiful outdoor events are the result of exacting planning, super-efficient organisation and meticulous attention to detail. Kirsti and her team offer flexible planning services to provide a calm and reassuring approach to every element of your event to ensure you nothing less than absolute perfection.

Whether you’d like help organising your entire event, managing the day itself, creating design ideas or finding the perfect venue for your event, Whimsical Events will happily tailor their services to suit your individual requirements.

If you’re not sure where to start with your event or if there’s something specific you’d like to discuss, please visit their website,

Supporter feature; Chadwick Lawrence

logoChadwick Lawrence have been offering professional and supportive legal advice to both private and commercial clients for over 160 years.

The firm is a broad based, modern group of solicitors proud of their Yorkshire heritage. They are trusted across the region to have the knowledge and experience to help in any legal situation.

As a large firm in Yorkshire they recognise the importance of creating a positive social impact, through both their exceptionally high level of service and first-rate legal advice, but also through supporting the community.

Chadwick Lawrence offer traditional legal services for both personal and business matters. Services such as family law and conveyancing sit side by side within their personal services, while their business services include employment law, commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm also offers specialist medical negligence and sports law capabilities.

Chadwick Lawrence actively take the opportunity to support regional initiatives and get involved in the local community. Frequently, the firm organises business and employment seminars, both in its own right and in partnership with other business organisations, taking a keen interest in promoting efforts to foster economic growth in the region.

The firm has seven offices throughout Yorkshire, and the practice is now listed as one of the twenty largest firms in the region. Chadwick Lawrence are committed to encouraging growth within their business and the local community, providing a unique customer experience for clients and prospects alike.

Chadwick Lawrence have been involved with KACCL since inception in 2016. With long-standing roots in both Huddersfield and Halifax with a larger local client base they are well-placed in terms of attracting support for the events. The firm supported the event last year in many ways through sponsorship, ticket purchases and by also providing committee representation, all of which they be doing again this year.

To find out more about Chadwick Lawrence‘s services, please visit their website.

Supporter feature; JR Group UK

jrgroupJR Group UK is one of the founding members of KACCL.

As one of the UK’s leading textile and property groups, JR Group UK is owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Taylor family and has sites across the region in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.

The Group had been looking for some time for a worthwhile local children’s charity with which it could become involved. Having attended WACCL (Wakefield annual charity Christmas lunch) for the past few years, JR Group UK Managing Director, James Taylor, was aware of the excellent work it does in that community. He did not hesitate, therefore, when he was invited to join as a founding member of KACCL to build success in the local community.

After raising £18,000 in the inaugural event, it is hoped that the JR Group can contribute to many more years of fundraising for children’s charities in Kirklees.

To find out more about JR Group UK, please visit their website.

Supporter feature; Faith PR

This month, take a look at one of our valued supporters, Faith PR…

Brighouse-based PR agency Faith PR is a leading independent agency in Yorkshire. Founded by Stefanie Hopkins in 2007, it delivers communications strategies that deliver tangible results, every time.

Launching from a downstairs room in her home with a solo client, Stefanie ran Faith PR as a freelance consultancy for six years while raising her children. In 2013, she made the decision to grow the business following a significant client win, securing the UK PR account for a global direct selling beauty business. In the following months, the agency underwent rapid growth and established its base on the outskirts of Leeds. The agency then moved to Brighouse in 2014 to accommodate its growing size.

Over the last 10 years it has grown its team, and expanded with new skills and specialisms to its services; not only offering public relations expertise, but social media marketing, blogger/influencer outreach, content marketing and award writing to name a few. Working with both consumer and B2B clients regionally and nationally, Faith PR’s work has gone on to achieve industry and business awards.

Delivering strategic communications and generating sales leads, Faith PR offers its clients hard-working and realistic solutions to help businesses achieve their objectives.

Returning to KACCL’s committee for a second year running, Stefanie hopes to improve on last year’s success which saw over £18,000 raised for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Sponsor’s profile: Crowther Chartered Accountants

Crowther is a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Founded by Managing Director Steve Crowther in 1995, the company provides accountancy, audit and tax services to both local and national clients.

Crowther work ‘Together in Business’ and aim to work in partnership with their clients to aid the growth of their business. They offer a range of accountancy services that are tailored to the individual client’s requirements, ensuring that their clients are getting an extra pair of hands where they need them; whether that’s preparing year end accounts, submitting VAT returns or monthly bookkeeping and management accounts.

Crowther Chartered Accountants pride themselves on their friendly and flexible approach and are committed to providing the highest quality accountancy services. The team is made up of highly qualified and experienced individuals who will always put their client’s needs first.

They aim to nurture their client relationships and communicate regularly so that their clients have the support needed for their business to flourish. Looking through their client-base, they have seen start-up businesses grow to become global brands, and Director Steve Crowther is proud of how far his clients have come, “It’s been 21 years of helping [clients] grow and supporting them with their ambitious goals.”

At Crowther, they appreciate that whilst they are there to offer all the support they can, no-one actually knows their own business like the person living and breathing it every day. That’s why Crowther’s take the time to understand how a business operates so they can patiently explain exactly how and where they can help. An extension of your team; working in partnership. Together in business.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Orange Box Young People’s Centre announced as 2017 partner charities

Business people across Kirklees and Calderdale are coming together for a second year to host a Christmas lunch to raise money for two local charities which help young people.

The annual Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) will take place on Thursday 7 December at Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, to raise money for Orange Box Young People’s Centre in Halifax and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, based in Huddersfield.

The inaugural event last December raised an impressive £18,000 in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and this year the organisers are hoping to raise an extra £6,000, taking the total amount fundraised to £24,000.

Last year the children’s hospice, which supports families of children across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield, who have a life-shortening condition, was the sole beneficiary but this year the KACCL committee voted for a second local charity to benefit from the fundraising activity.

Orange Box, a centre for young people in Halifax, which has a range of facilities including a roof top skate park and recording studio, alongside counselling and support services, was voted the charity of choice and the total amount fundraised from the event will be split equally between the two charities.

The business lunch event will follow the same format as last year, with a champagne reception, three course lunch and entertainment provided by young performers from the area. Tickets are priced at £50 per person for tables of 10 to 12 people.

The KACCL organising committee represents 12 figures from local businesses including JR Group UK Ltd, Chadwick Lawrence, Stafflex, TopicUK, Faith PR and Crowther Accountants who are also headline sponsor for the second year running.

Last year’s event was attended by 240 people in the local business community; a number the committee hopes to surpass by an extra 20% this year.
Nadio Granata, chair of the KACCL Committee and head of marketing at Stafflex Ltd said: “Following the success of our first Christmas business lunch last year, we’ve decided to host the event again but extend the reach of the money raised to benefit two important charities for young people and their families in our area.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s event – it will bring local businesses together and will most importantly raise money for the vital services Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Orange Box provide.”

For details on how to get involved in this year’s event or to purchase tickets please contact [email protected]

KACCL 2017 is coming!

We know that summer is on the horizon, and the sun is coming out and the weather improving probably doesn’t get you thinking too much about where you’re going for your Christmas lunch. However, we can reveal that KACCL 2017 tickets are already on sale, and here’s all the reasons why you should get your ticket today…

KACCL is proudly supported by our main sponsor Crowthers Accounts, who contribute funding and staff members’ time to make sure the event is the best it can possibly be! KACCL stands for Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Christmas Lunch, and it was set up last year to provide a chance for like-minded local business people to mingle and celebrate the Christmas period in style. With last year’s event being such a success (we raised £18,000 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice!) we were sure that we had to make the same thing happen this Christmas time too!

If you aren’t aware of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and their great work, they are a local charity that provide care for children and teenagers with life-shortening illnesses and work hard to make their lives as full of joy as possible. We were honoured to be able to raise such a huge sum for the charity this year – but we’re sure that with year’s event and your help we can raise even more!

So on Thursday 7th December join us at the Cedar Court Hotel from 11pm for a day of fun festivities, starting with a champagne reception upon arrival. The event will be hosted by MC John Danbury, with spectacular entertainment being provided as well as a host of fun games to keep us all busy between each course of our delicious three course Christmas-themed meal.

Tickets are priced at only £50 per person for tables of 10 – 12 people, with all profits going straight to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and other organisations that are yet to be announced.

So yes, although we may only be seeing the start of summer with tickets already selling like hot cakes, be super organised and make sure you get your hands on tickets to this prestigious event here .

KACCL 2016 has raised £18,000!

Local business people across Kirklees and Calderdale have together raised £18,000 through an inaugural Christmas lunch in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The Kirklees & Calderdale Annual Christmas Lunch (KACCL) which took place on Thursday 15 December at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, was a huge success and raised vital funds for the hospice, based at Russell House in Huddersfield.
In January the hospice was hit by a devastating fire and lost £140,000 in funding. The money raised through the lunch will go towards recouping some of this funding.
The lunch, sponsored by Huddersfield accountants Crowther, was attended by 240 people in the local business community. Attendees enjoyed entertainment by well-loved magician John Danbury who also acted as the event’s auctioneer and a local college choir and string quartet made their debut as Huddersfield New College’s Performing Arts Group performed alongside Musica Kirklees’ String Quartet.
The KACCL organising committee represents figures from local businesses including James Robinson Fibres Ltd, Cedar Court Hotels, Chadwick Lawrence, Stafflex, Crowther Accountants, TopicUK and Faith PR.
Nadio Granata, chair and head of marketing at Stafflex Limited said: “I’d like to thank all the sponsors, organising committee and most of all the businesses who took time out to attend. We have already set the date for next year to Thursday 7 December 2017 and are talking to charities about next year’s event.”

Kirklees and Calderdale Christmas Lunch


Have you heard about the Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Christmas Lunch we’re hosting this year?

We’re bringing together business people from all over the Kirklees and Calderdale area to enjoy the opportunity to network and enjoy a wonderful festive feast. On December 15th from 11.30am onwards we will be hosting a lunch at Ainley Top’s Cedar Court Hotel and it’s all in aid of the wonderful local charity the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. It’s sure to be a spectacular evening bringing together likeminded people to enjoy great company and support a superb cause.

There will be a delicious three course meal and a champagne reception for the guests to enjoy, there will also be a charity auction taking place to give you the chance to win some amazing prizes kindly donated by esteemed local businesses.

If you haven’t heard of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, they are a Hospice based in Huddersfield and provide care for children with terminal or life-shortening illnesses. They also offer essential support and the option of respite care for the children’s families when they need it the most. The Hospice relies on fundraising events like these in order to continue to provide the amazing quality of care that can make a real, positive impact on children’s lives.

So why not support this worthy cause and enjoy an event that promises to get you in the Christmas mood in the best possible way? With tickets being only £50, your attendance could make a huge difference to the charity and you’ll have the opportunity for a great day full of Christmas cheer.

You can book your place, or simply find out more information by emailing [email protected] and we hope to see you there!

Kirklees & Calderdale Annual Christmas Lunch announces headline sponsor

The Kirklees & Calderdale Annual Christmas Lunch (KACCL) has announced the headline sponsor for its inaugural event this December.

Huddersfield accountants Crowther Chartered Accountants will support the charity event in raising funds to support the activity at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, based at Russell House in Huddersfield. The hospice was hit by a devastating fire in January and lost £140,000 in funding.

The lunch – which takes place on Thursday 15 December at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield – will be hosted by well-loved magician John Danbury, who will also provide entertainment and act as the event’s auctioneer on the afternoon.

The KACCL organising committee represents figures from local businesses including James Robinson Fibres Ltd, Chadwick Lawrence, Stafflex, TopicUK and Faith PR.

Gill Laidler of TopicUK said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Crowther Chartered Accountants as our headline sponsor, and look forward to a great afternoon of fundraising with magic tricks galore from John Danbury.”

Tickets are priced at £50 per person, for tables of ten to 12 people including a Champagne reception and a three course lunch from 12.30pm.

Please contact [email protected]or call 01484 509 900 to purchase.