On March 24, the Rainy Day Trust will be celebrating its 180th anniversary.
Bryan Clover, The Rainy Day Trust founder, said: “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. The announcement last month of a mere 0.2% fall in the headline inflation rate shows very clearly that prices are still causing a massive amount of worry for people across the country including your colleagues.”
Clover added: “Firstly, we are here for the people that you work with that may be struggling. It’s a simple equation – more people know that we exist = more people that we can help. Please use the attached leaflet to spread the word.
“Secondly, we are seeking your business’s support so that we can keep going. 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 £70,000 more helping people than we brought in. We had prudently built reserves and those are now dwindling fast. As part of our 180th Anniversary activity I will be hiking 6 x 30 mile half ultras against the clock and we are looking for corporate sponsors either for an individual 30 miler, or for the whole lot. We will be talking about our sponsors throughout the training period and in the hikes themselves, getting your brand out there. We are looking for £500 for an individual hike or £2,000 for all six.”
The proposed dates for the hike are:
1 April – Ridgeway
22 April – Wayfarer
13 May – Jurassic Ultra Challenge
10 Jun – 3 Castle walk – Windsor to Winchester
24 Jun – Cotswold Ultra Challenge
6th hike date tbc
Clover concluded: “Alternatively, you or your business can make a straight donation of any size to our fundraising page. 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.”