Adjusting to lockdown back in April, West Bridgford resident Mark Ryan set himself the challenge of fundraising for the Friary. Motivated by the promise of match-funding from his employer Boxes & Packaging , part of Logson and the W&R Barnett Group. It started with his group of local footballers donating their usual Sunday subs towards local charity, the Friary, that works with homeless & vulnerable people.
It has been essential for the Friary to be there for people who have become homeless but unfortunately the usual fundraising events were put on hold due to the pandemic. The charity relies totally on donations. Mark, with a little help from his friends, family and colleagues organized several initiatives to raise £2K which has been generously matched by his employer to bring a total of £4k to the Friary. All this has been raised in just a few weeks of lockdown. A tremendous example of quick thinking with enthusiasm being turned into tangible fundraising activities, fun entertainment for all ages and essential funds.
“Mark’s enthusiasm and desire to support the Friary is heart-warming and will make a huge difference to the lives of those we work with. We are truly thankful for his support during this difficult time” says Ben Talbot, Chief Exec at the Friary.
As the Friary responds to government advice on how to gradually expand its services at the Drop-in from the current “at the door” welfare advice, emotional support, food parcels and meal deliveries, these funds will enable staff to continue their great work. The Friary has been a lifeline to homeless and vulnerable people in distress during the pandemic. “We have helped people who have been made homeless during this period of lockdown and anticipate many others will need our help as the effects of this crisis unfold over the next few weeks and months.” says Helen Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Friary.
“When many people were considering how the pandemic was impacting them, Mark thought instantly of doing something practical to help. Initiatives such as these by members of the public definitely encourage our staff and endorse our work but also ensure we have the funds to stay open, thank you.” Says Helen Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer.
Does your employer run a charity matching scheme? If you wish to support the Friary through this difficult time please get in touch: www.the-friary.org.uk or call 0115 982 5448.