East Anglian accountancy firm Larking Gowen launches regional community fund

From left, Giles Kirkham, senior manager at Larking Gowen's Not for Profit team, Tim Holder, develo

From left, Giles Kirkham, senior manager at Larking Gowen's Not for Profit team, Tim Holder, development director for the Suffolk Community Foundation, David Sheepshanks, chairman of UK Community Foundations and a former chairman of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Jon Woolston, Larking Gowen, managing partner and Luke Morri, Larking Gowen partner, at the recent Larking Gowen Budget event at Wherstead Park, near Ipswich, at which Mr Sheepshanks was guest speaker. Photo: Julia Holland - Credit: Archant

Regional accountancy firm Larking Gowen is launching an initiative to support local good causes.

The Larking Gowen Community Fund is being established with an initial investment from the firm of £8,000, to be spent on projects across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Larking Gowen will also support Clic Sergeant, which helps children and young people with cancer, and work with the Suffolk Community Foundation to support its work in tackling Alzheimer’s.

Luke Morris, a partner at Larking Gowen in Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to formalise our commitment to the region and to the communities in which we

all live and work.

“The Larking Gowen Community Fund will be an opportunity for us to support local charities and good causes, as well as working with the Suffolk Community Foundation and supporting the incredible work they do and their commitment to transforming local lives.

“We believe that by supporting the Foundation over the long term our partners and staff will have the opportunity to unnel their charitable efforts towards one fund that will in turn ensure charities get direct support at a local level.”

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Larking Gowen, which has nine offices throughout East Anglia, has a long history of charitable support and community involvement, working to raise money for Papworth Hospital Charity, Rebecca’s Wishes,

Lifeblood (Thrombosis UK), Macmillan, Comic Relief, Jeans for Genes and Children in Need.

In addition, the firm sponsors the Ipswich-based New Wolsey Theatre’s creative learning programme, which works with underprivileged children using arts to develop creativity, unlock potential and explore diversity.

Larking Gowen is also a long-standing sponsor of both the Ipswich and Norwich half marathons, which raise thousands for the nominated charities each year.