Rainy Day Trust (RDT) celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2018 and to mark the occasion, the industry charity is running #Challenge175 celebrations throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for its work.
For the first event of 2018, RDT chief executive officer Bryan Clover has been going ‘dry’ this month by avoiding all forms of alcohol.
He said: “Just one week to go for #DryJanuary, and so far I’ve steered clear of the forbidden juice. But I’m expecting the next week to be pretty grim as February 1 approaches.
“Those of you that know me – and know my love of wine – will realise that this isn’t much fun! I’m a huge wine nut. I attend and give wine tastings and have a huge wine collection at home. But too many people out there from the home improvement industry are struggling to survive financially, and it’s the least I can do to help them lead a better life.”
He added: “Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far – the response has been fantastic.” With the help of 100 supporters, Bryan has reached 89% (£4,021.00) of his £4,500 target. You can still support him during the last week as January closes, by heading over to his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dryjanuarybryanclover. You can do it anonymously if you wish.
Bryan said: “Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to RDT. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. You can also donate via text at RDAY18 (text RDAY18 £3 to 70070 for example).
“Or how about encouraging your staff to do a small event of their own as part of our celebration? Footy match? Sponsored bike ride? We can let you have a list of ideas. Email me for how you can get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org”
“Our #Challenge175 marks 175 years of RDT providing crucial help to people who are struggling. In 2017 we helped 45% more people than in 2016, and that in itself was 25% up on 2015. With all of the uncertainty around Brexit still in the air, and the issues facing businesses supporting Carillion, we are needed more than ever before.”
RDT is the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement workforce and their families in times of need.