Centenary firm raises more than £21k for sailing foundation

A South Coast accountancy firm has raised more than £21,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation as part of its centenary celebrations.

Princecroft Willis (PcW) raised the bulk of the money at a charity dinner and auction at The Royal Motor Yacht Club in Sandbanks, Dorset.

Four times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie was the special guest with Richard Percy, Chief Executive Officer of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Now PcW has raised a further £1,200 after staging a dinner with Barclays at West Beach in Bournemouth.

Double Olympic champion Iain Percy OBE was guest of honour together with his brother, Richard.

The dinner included a raffle and auction with the proceeds matched by Barclays.

PcW Director Martin Aldridge said: "Princecroft Willis is proud to count many of the UK's top Olympians, including Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy, among our clients.

"The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was established in memory of Andrew - or  'Bart' as he's better known - following his tragic training accident in May 2013.

"The charity is very close to our hearts and we couldn't be more delighted at raising such a significant amount of money for such a good cause from our centenary year."

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was launched by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson's widow Leah.

It has already funded the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Princecroft Willis, which can trace its roots back to 1914, offers a full range of accounting services from audit to taxation and has offices in Poole, Dorset, and New Milton, Hampshire.

Locally based, independent and with strong community roots, the firm has ten directors and more than 100 team members.

         

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Fundraising boost: Olympic champion Iain Percy OBE (right) with PcW Director Martin Aldridge (centre) and Richard Percy, CEO, The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. 

Picture caption: Fundraising boost: Olympic champion Iain Percy OBE (right) with PcW Director Martin Aldridge (centre) and Richard Percy, CEO, The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.