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Footprints Accountancy gathers gifts with Cash for Kids

There can’t be many more stunning locations for South Eastern Sheffield and North Derbyshire residents to drop off a gift for an underprivileged child, than the stately stables where expanding Footprints Accountancy are based at Renishaw Hall on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Julie Robinson simultaneously hit 40, had a baby (Charley Rae, now 2) and set up Footprints Accountancy three years ago because she had been disappointed with the traditional way that many businesses deal with their accounts- an annual hassle followed by tax and accountants bills. “Our bespoke service includes financial mentoring throughout the year, building skills in the manager or team and helping the business become more profitable” says Julie.
I was contacted on Linked In by the new manager of Cash for Kids, Louise Davies and was immediately compelled to help. As a mum of two, I can’t imagine what it feels like to be unable to give your child even a single gift on Christmas morning. We love Christmas and it’s all about the children, so we immediately offered to collect gifts among our own growing team of staff and act as a collection point for this side of Sheffield. We are emailing every single one of our 200 clients, spreading the word at all our networking events like Forward Ladies, to our friends and contacts and on social media. The UK might be fighting its way out of a long recession, but we’ll do our best to play our small part.
The Mission Christmas campaign is the jewel in the Cash for Kids crown and concentrates on listeners donating a gift or cash for a local child aged 0-18 who would otherwise go without at Christmas. Local Social Services and other agencies identify the children most at need, many of whom are in care homes and refuges. Although all children remain anonymous, many letters of thanks are received post-Christmas from homes and Social Services.
Julie’s past experience spans being a bank manager to company finance and operations director, managing areas from human resources to health and safety. Such has been the success of her business development service, she is now financial director of other award winning local entrepreneurial businesses such as Geco Industries, a sought after national conference speaker and coach to young entrepreneurs through Sheffield Hallam’s Enterprise Hatchery. Julie also runs bespoke courses for large global corporates and medium sized business on subjects such as margin management to their teams of sales staff.
The Footprints office is in The Sir George Room Stable block at Renishaw Hall S21 3WB
More information from the Footprints Team on 0114 2488764   
Photos show (left to right): Julie Robinson with Faye Smith, Keep Your Fork marketing and co-host of Sheffield Forward Ladies, travel counsellor Debbie Dent and Sarah Pybus of Pybus translations who brought presents for the region’s underprivileged children at a recent Forward Ladies event at the Prince of Wales.
Notes to the Editor
Cash for Kids and Mission Christmas
Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Based across 21 areas in the UK, at the heart of your favourite radio stations, we support children aged 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. We raised in excess of £11 million in 2012
The Mission Christmas campaign is the jewel in the Cash for Kids crown and concentrates on listeners donating a gift or cash for a local child who would otherwise go without at Christmas. Local Social Services and other agencies identify the children most at need, many of whom are in care homes and refuges. Although all children remain anonymous many letters of thanks are received post-Christmas from homes and Social Services.
In 2012 thanks to the incredible generosity of Bauer Radio listeners, the charity distributed over £6.8 million in gifts and cash and helped over 250,000 children in local communities across the UK.
Julie Robinson is the founder and director of Footprints Accountancy, a supportive hands-on service based at Renishaw Hall. She has worked since she was thirteen, from her first Saturday job at GT News to a youth training scheme at Yorkshire Bank in the 80s where she worked her way up to bank manager. She has since held financial management roles with Voluntary Action Rotherham, national charity SOVA and Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, fulfilling her dream of founding Footprints in 2010.
She lives in Mosborough with husband Lee who is Footprints’ office manager, student son Danny and toddler Charley Rae.

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