Community Champions

Business group boosts coffers of local charities

Written by Peter Davison.

Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer's Support, Kieran Thomas, director of Priority IT, and Rachel Fear, fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Support

 

Members of a Melksham-based business group have raised more than £13,000 for local charities over the past 12 months.

The 35 members of Business Growth Group have raised vital funds for charities working in the the arts, health and care sector, and with young people, and animals.

Sound Marketing Group chose Young Melksham as its charity of the year in 2019, installing a new audio system into the youth club as well as decorating one of its social rooms.

Tracy Hanman, director at Embroidery UK, also took part in a 24-hour fitness marathon which raised £10,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, quadruple that of their original target.

Priority IT, an IT support company based in Westbury, has raised £300 for Julian House as well as £1,300 for Alzheimer’s Support, through a popular computer refurbishment programme. Fourteen refurbished computers and five laptops were donated directly to the charity. Swindon Dance was another beneficiary of the donated IT equipment, with a value of £1,110.

Telecommunications member TalkWire raised over £300 in 2019 for five different charities, while Go Dog Photography raised £210 for Bath Cats and Dogs home as well as the Royal United Hospital.

Social media agency, Naturally Social, ran numerous free workshops for charities and supported them with social media guidance.

Kathryn Roynon from HR & Training Consultancy ran Bath Half Marathon and raised £556 for Pound Arts Trust’s 10th anniversary fund. She was supported by many BGG members who sponsored her.

“We are very proud to have raised over £13,000 for local charities and communities and I believe this demonstrates the level of commitment the members of the group show in giving something back,” said Kieran Thomas, BGG committee chairman.

“The remarkable amount raised displays how members are not simply attending with the intention of establishing business contacts but wishing to contribute to the local community too.”

Pictured: Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer's Support, Kieran Thomas, director of Priority IT, and Rachel Fear, fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Support