RSM hosted a night of live music to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in its Diamond Anniversary year and raised almost £1,000 in much-needed funds for the national charity.
The inaugural event, held at the Roper Hall in Preston, saw seven acts step up and perform to a crowd of over 100 colleagues and peers. ‘RSM sessions’ brought together musicians from across the business community, including Bibby Financial Services, Forbes, Harrison Drury, KBL Solicitors, Lancashire Business View, Natwest and Philip T Jones and Partners, in addition to a number of artists from RSM.
The event coincides with the DofE’s 60th year, and supports the Charity’s Diamond Challenge, a one-off initiative encouraging people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge.
All RSM offices in the UK are taking part in the Diamond Challenge and around 800 colleagues have already signed up to take part in challenges, including attempting an ‘around the UK in 80 hours’ challenge, learning circus skills and climbing peaks across the UK. In addition to the support for the DofE Diamond Challenge, RSM launched the Gold DofE Award for its own school leavers and graduates in February.
Kevin Duffy, RSM’s office managing partner in Preston, said:
‘RSM sessions was the perfect forum for the Lancashire business community to come together, have fun and raise money for a great cause. Each and every act got into the spirit for the DofE and challenged themselves to perform in front of their peers.
‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we received – both to make the event happen and the level of donations. Thanks to everyone who supported us, and special thanks to the RSM team for coordinating the event; each act for entertaining us on the night; and to everyone who attended. Due to the success of the evening, we hope this will be the start of an annual charity event.’