EY counting on success for Red Nose Day

15 March 2013

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EY today begins one of the biggest logistical challenges of Red Nose Day as the firm starts processing the millions of pounds worth of donations for Comic Relief.

EY, Comic Relief’s official honorary accountant, is expecting to account for more than £5m in public donations. Every year 50 of the firm’s staff donate over 4500 hours of their time to process around 35,000 cheques from the British public. It is a commitment that enables Comic Relief to keep its golden pound pledge; that every penny raised goes to worthy causes in the UK and abroad.

In addition to counting the cash, EY staff across the UK will also be taking part in fundraising activities. Having raised £100,000 last year, the firm will be looking to smash their record today with fancy dress, quiz nights, flash dancing and sponsored silliness, together with a serious commitment to raising money to help people transform their lives for the better.

John Cooney, an EY tax partner, will be coordinating the firm’s number crunchers. Commenting he said: “Our people fully enter into the spirit of Red Nose Day, through all the various fundraising activities, and there is always a real buzz around our offices. We really value this fun day, but we also have a huge year-round responsibility to provide the accounting support Comic Relief relies on.”

Steve Varley, EY’s UK country managing partner commented: “Comic Relief is a great opportunity for our people to get involved with raising money for an important cause. Our role as honorary accountant is an enormous privilege and we are delighted to celebrate 14 years of working together.”