Staff at Cirencester firm Moore Allen and Innocent have donated £5,000 to Gloucestershire Young Carers despite their fundraising activities being halted by the Corona crisis.
Colleagues at the land and property agent and auctioneers were all set to embark upon a 175 mile bike ride to coincide with the company’s 175th birthday but Corona meant the end of the road for these plans. And it also meant a change to their hopes of raising in excess of £10,000 for their chosen charity Gloucestershire Young Carers.
Fundraising had got under way with a snazzy socks and specs day attended by young carer Jamie Taylor who shared his story with colleagues at the company.
The team also helped out with a fundraiser organised by Gloucestershire Young Carers at Colesbourne Park Snowdrops Event in February.
When things came to a shuddering halt and the community went into lockdown, colleagues at Moore, Allen and Innocent made the decision to hand over the £5,000 donation right now.
Associate partner Anthony Wright said: “We hope to be able to continue our fundraising for Gloucestershire Young Carers as it is such an amazing cause but we realised that during this difficult time charities need money now to help them to continue to provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable young people in our county. We decided to give them half the money we were aiming to raise – and we had already made a good start on the fundraising anyway so were able to do this. We can’t wait to get back to fundraising once we come through this crisis.”
There are an estimated 7,000 young carers in Gloucestershire, and the charity supports 1,000 of them. The youngest is just eight years old. During the Covid-19 crisis the team are making every effort to continue to keep connected with young carers using alternative methods of communication such as video links and social media.
Ele Semadeni, Operations Lead at Gloucestershire Young Carers, said: “It is extremely helpful to us to receive funds now, in the middle of this crisis as we are committed to keeping up the work we do in supporting young carers. We are grateful to Moore Allen and Innocent for recognising there is a need right now to help the work of charities such as ours.”
To support the team’s fundraising efforts head to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/MooreAllenInnocent