Dravet Syndrome UK

Sector:             Charity 

Established:              2008

Location:                    Chesterfield


Dravet Syndrome UK is a growing national charity which aims to improve the lives of those affected by Dravet syndrome – a rare and severely disabling type of epilepsy.

It was set up by parents looking for support and information about treatments and research, which was lacking at the time. Since the charity was founded the membership has risen from just thirty families to almost four hundred.

As a small charity, with an income of around £200,000, Mitchells was brought on board about four years ago to look after the charity’s bookkeeping and accounts, payroll and the GiftAid claims.

Dravet Syndrome UK is run by a team of trustees based at home. The work done by Mitchells saves the charity from needing to employ an administrator or a bookkeeper.

Trustee, Teresa Finch ­– whose daughter was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome at the age of three –  explains how using Mitchells’ expert services has ensured all the charity’s accountancy needs are met allowing the charity to concentrate on its main aims of supporting the families of sufferers, funding medical research into the syndrome and raising awareness of the condition.

Why did you decide to enlist the help of Mitchells Accountants?

Mitchells Accountants was recommended to us by a local business we use. Being an expanding charity we needed to enlist help with our bookkeeping and accounts. Our main contacts are Michelle and Tom who are always very quick to help.

How has working with Mitchells helped the charity?

Working with Mitchells has helped us grow as a small charity as the services they offer saves us time. They have also offered ideas of ways to improve our current processes.

What is the most valuable service that Mitchells has provided?

Mitchells’ bookkeeping service is invaluable to us. Knowing our accounts are being taken care of, allows us to concentrate on the families we support. They also handle our payroll which is really useful to us as well as processing our GiftAid claims, the end of year accounts and help submitting the annual report to the Charity Commission.

Would you recommend Mitchells to other charities?

Yes, we would definitely recommend Mitchells, they clearly have the charity’s best interests at heart and always show a huge interest in how the charity is progressing. It feels like they are a part of our team.