As part of the Rainy Day Trust’s 180th anniversary, the charity is determined to have the biggest year on record with a series of fundraising activities.
Bryan Clover, Rainy Day Trust CEO, said: “As you know this year the Rainy Day Trust is 180 years old. That’s 180 years of ‘being there’. 180 years of providing a huge range of help to people who are finding life too tough to deal with on their own. We say that our help is a leg up, not a hand out.
“We want this year to be the biggest on record, helping as many people as possible, outstripping even the last couple of years which have been incredibly busy. Even though the headline inflation rate has ‘eased’ to 8.7%, that just means that prices are still rising, just a tad slower than previously. Food inflation is more than double that though.”
Clover added: “Since early 2020 and the lockdowns from Covid-19 we have made a loss every year, and 2022 was no exception where we spent over £72,000 more helping people that we brought in. We had prudently built reserves and those are now dwindling fast. As part of our 180th Anniversary activity am hiking 6 x 30-mile half ultras against the clock and we are looking for corporate support for each 30 miler. We will be talking about our sponsors throughout the training period and in the hikes themselves, getting your brand out there. Dexam Intl, Addis and Reisser have been superb supporters of the hikes and we are immensely grateful to them. The first hike was on 1st April and just to make it a bit more challenging, I hiked it overnight. This was followed by the Wayfarers Way on 22 April and the Jurassic Coast on 13 May.”
The next two dates are:
10 Jun – 3 Castle walk – Windsor to Winchester (overnight)
24 Jun – Cotswold Ultra Challenge
6th hike date tbc
“If you’d like to sponsor one of these hikes then we are asking £500 per hike, or if you’d prefer then a straight donation can be made through the link below. Everything raised will be used to combat the cost-of-living crisis that is having such a huge impact on people who are facing some seriously tough times,” Clover concluded.