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Winning quiz team who put charity in their headlights.

THE numbers add up for charity Sunderland Headlight thanks to a cash boost from their city-based accountants TTR Barnes.

A team from TTR Barnes donated their cash prize of pounds 400 to Headlight, after battling it out with rivals across the region to come first in a quiz.

The winning team of director Trevor Thorne, tax manager Katie Buckley, tax assistant Charlotte Ringer and accounts manager Allan Smith beat off competition from teams of mainly Newcastle-based accountants.

TTR Barnes, the largest independent firm of accountants in Sunderland and Sunderland Echo portfolio awards sponsor, has looked after the books for Sunderland Headlight since it became a charity in 2002.

Director Trevor Thorne from TTR Barnes, said: "We are delighted to be associated with Sunderland Headlight and look forward to continuing to help them as the charity grows.

"The quiz was great fun and we were delighted to win. When it came to donating the money we all agreed Headlight was the perfect choice."

Sunderland Headlight hit the headlines after it featured in Channel 4's Secret Millionaire programme, when they were awarded a donation of pounds 20,000 from wealthy businessman Jonathan Hick.

Headlight started as a small group of people affected by mental health issues who wanted to support others facing similar problems. After securing premises in Mary Street, they successfully applied for funding for a development worker and gained charitable status in 2002.

The charity now runs a full programme of courses, therapy sessions and self-help groups.

Sunderland Headlights chairman Mick Ewing said: "The help and support we receive from local businesses like TTR Barnes is essential as we grow to offer more support to people across the city."

The quiz was organised by the Tyne and Wear branch of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants.

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DONATION Sunderland Headlights chairman Mick Ewing, left, director Trevor Thorne, right, and tax manager Katie Buckley do the maths!
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Date:Jul 22, 2009
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