A chartered accountants has donated thousands to charity.

Dodd & Co, which has offices in Carlisle and Penrith, has long made a Christmas charitable donation in lieu of sending corporate Christmas cards.

This year the total amount raised for the chosen charities was £5,000.

Team Evie, The Rock Youth Project, 4Louis and BEEP were chosen as the four Christmas charities for 2019, each receiving £1,250.

Staff organised a range of activities to raise money for their chosen charities including a festive breakfast, a Christmas bake-off and an office Christmas Jumper Day.

Staff also contributed to the totals themselves, in lieu of sending Christmas cards of their own.

Alison Johnston, partner at Dodd & Co, said: “We’re amazed at the amount the staff raised this year, and we are thrilled to be able to add a great amount towards the final total.

"With four charities to fundraise for, Team Doddies really got into the spirit, raising even more money than previous years to give an amount worthy of making a big difference to each charity.

"We love seeing where the donations go, especially with these wonderful local causes.

"We are so proud to see our staff work so hard to give to these worthy causes and put together with the contribution from partners in lieu of our Christmas cards; we are delighted to be making a difference again in 2020.”

Dodd & Co also donated to Carlisle Youth Zone along with other businesses who donated instead of sending Christmas cards.