TEAM members of a Chandler's Ford accountancy firm have launched a new Christmas bauble competition for charity.

HWB Chartered Accountants is inviting clients, contacts, staff and members of the public to guess the exact number of Christmas baubles the company has on display in its Chandler’s Ford reception.

Managing director Tracy Jenkins filled a one metre-tall, 300mm-diameter clear cylindrical tube with coloured decorations of different shapes and sizes.

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A Christmas hamper worth £100 is the prize for the closest guess, while donations and the baubles will be going to HWB’s main charity, Mountbatten Hampshire.

Tracy said: “This is a great way to brighten up Christmas and share some festive joy. With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d show our fun side, sprinkle a little cheer and help Mountbatten at the same time.”

Entries to the HWB competition can be made on an iPad by calling in at the firm’s office in Mayflower Close, Chandler’s Ford, or online via the company’s social media channels.

The baubles, in HWB’s corporate colours of blue, pink and turquoise, will be on display until Friday, December 15, when a winner will be notified by email and announced. If there is a tie, entrants with the same answer will be drawn from a hat.

Once the competition is closed, all the baubles will be donated to Mountbatten to be sold on, recycling their use.

Caitlyn Sherry, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Mountbatten, said: “With demand for our 24/7 services growing all the time, and with Christmas being a particularly challenging time for people living with death, dying and bereavement, we really appreciate gestures like this, so on behalf of everyone at Mountbatten, thank you HWB Chartered Accountants.”

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Previously in 2015, HWB challenged people to estimate how many Brussels sprouts were on display inside a clear tube in the office.

Tracy said: “This left an unfortunate aroma in the office, so we’re glad we won’t have the same problem this time around!”