Accountants escape from the zombies!


A Dorset-based firm of accountants will be spending a day later this month trying to escape hordes of zombies roaming the streets of Bournemouth – all in the name of charity.

Ward Goodman, are hoping to raise £2,000 for Dorset Mind, an in- dependent charitable provider of mental health services, on Saturday October 21 with 12 members of staff taking part in a five kilometre ‘Halloween Zombie Escape Challenge’.

The Ward Goodman team ‘MIND Your Own Business,’ headed by audit and charities director, Jen Richardson, will be doing their best to complete the obstacle course to out-run zombie hordes and reach the safe zone.

Ian Rodd, director at Ward Goodman, commented: “As mental health problems can affect anyone, and with around one in four people suffering some form of mental health problem during their lifetime, we hope the donation will help tackle this growing issue in our home county.

“We love it when our staff get fully on-board with our fund-raising events, and in the past they’ve done swims, runs, parachute jumps and fancy dress. However, having to survive a 5km run without being ‘infected’ by zombies is certainly on another level and I’m sure they’ll do really well.”

Dr Andrew Mayers, principal academic at Bournemouth University and patron for Dorset Mind, said: “Dorset Mind’s aim is to provide high quality mental health services across Dorset, with all money raised through the charity going directly into providing those services across the county.”

Dee Swinton, Dorset Mind’s fund-raising and marketing manager added: “The Zombie Escape Challenge is Ward Goodman’s first fund-raising event in aid of us as its Charity of the Year – and what an amazing target.”

This article first appeared in the Independent. To get the latest articles when they appear, buy the print edition every Sunday or subscribe to our online edition HERE.