Mayor chooses Hope Support Services 

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Mayor Klara Sudbury and representatives from Local Business Charity Awards sponsors, insurance companies Jelf and Ageas, met with young people’s charity Hope Support Services recently to hand over a cheque for £700.

The donation was the new ‘Mayor’s Award’, announced as a surprise by the Local Business Charity Awards at their finals in September. Jelf and Ageas asked the Mayor to choose a charity who were ineligible to enter the awards, because they operated outside of the county, but that the Mayor felt still did an outstanding job for people in Gloucestershire. Mayor Klara chose Hope Support Services. Established in 2009, Hope Support Services supports young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, such as cancer.

The organisation is led by two Y-Teams with service-users getting involved in all aspects of their support, from choosing what they would like to do, to fundraising to pay for the activities, making it a truly youth-led service. Ellie Dimery who was herself once a service user of the charity is now the Treasurer for the Gloucestershire Youth Management Team and represented the Y-Team at the presentation, held in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Offices in Cheltenham. Ness Holbrook, Gloucestershire youth development officer at the charity who attended the presentation said, “We are very grateful to receive this donation from Jelf, Ageas and the Local Business Charity Awards and of course to Mayor Sudbury for choosing us. The money will go directly towards supporting young people in Gloucestershire who are experiencing a family health crisis and will help the Gloucestershire Youth Management Team to be able to continue to provide exciting, creative and supportive activities for those accessing support”.

The Local Business Charity awards were founded by Jelf in 2014 to recognise the support given specifically by Gloucestershire businesses to the county’s local charities and were joined by new co-sponsor Ageas in 2017. CEO of Jelf and Bluefin Phil Barton said, no one could fail to be moved by the work Hope Support Services does for young people who have a family member who is seriously ill and it is genuinely our pleasure to make this donation, which we know will go directly to help young people in Gloucestershire.’

Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations for Ageas echoed said, ‘We would like to thank Mayor Sudbury for making such an inspired choice, especially in the face of so many other worthy causes she must meet daily. We hope the charity finds the donation useful and we send it with our very best wishes to everyone involved.’

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