Ever felt there wasn't enough good news in the world of financial advice? Never fear - here's Professional Adviser's weekly round-up of all things positive happening in the profession to brighten up your week …
Party for Parkinson's
Protection advice firm Cura has partnered with Parkinson's UK and is inviting the sector to join an online Christmas charity quiz to raise money for the foundation.
‘Party for Parkinson's' will be hosted by Cura managing director Kathryn Knowles, who was inspired to partake after her father was diagnosed with the illness.
Knowles said: "With everything going on, my dad had to travel a couple of hours away, without any family, to face his deep brain stimulation operation on his own. The team at Newcastle were superb and we are so grateful for how much they cared for him. I want to do something to give back to the incredible people working hard to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson's.
"This will be a light-hearted get-together while also supporting Parkinson's UK. It's not about insurance - let's leave insurance at the door and just have fun. We already have some donations in place and I cannot wait for the night. The more donations we have the more weird and wonderful prize categories we'll get."
The winner of the quiz will receive an Apple Air pod set from Cura but the firm is also inviting people to make their own prize donations too.
Virtual Mount Everest climb
Staff at Phoebus Softare have been keeping busy since lockdown by completing their second virtual mount Everest climb. The team have raised more than £2,155 for its nominated charity, Selly Oak-based Acorn Children's Hospice by climbing the same height as the mountain. Staff cycled up hills, climbed stairs and even Snowdon.
The funds raised will go towards supporting children with tailored care plans, including emergency and end of life care, short breaks, as well as emotional and practical support.
Phoebus QA lead David Breeze said: "I completed the task by climbing the Lickey Hills every night which was roughly 300m per evening over a five-week period and two climbs up Mount Snowdon."
Meanwhile, Phoebus sales and marketing director Richard Pike said: "We continuously encourage our team members to take part in charitable giving both inside and outside of the workplace.
"We do all that we can to support them and what David and the team have done during lockdown has both lifted morale at PSL and raised over £2,000 for such a deserving charity. We hope this money will provide families with a home away from home during these increasingly challenging and uncertain times."
Quilter adviser supporting schools
Quilter financial adviser Yogesh Nakarja, who won an award for being an education champion this year from the Personal Finance Society award, is supporting schools and colleges by presenting weekly workshops in conjunction with the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Nakarja uses Google meet to connect to four to five classrooms. Last week, he hosted one on staying safe from digital scams and another on moving on from school.