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Charity news 13.03.18


On the morning of 8th March 2018, Jonathan Abelson and Richard Abelson, directors at MERJE, met The Worshipful the Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther, to present a cheque for £2,000 to Bury Hospice.

As proud investors in the area, they were delighted to be invited to visit the Town Hall. Richard Abelson said, “It was a great experience to be able to meet the Mayor of Bury at the Town Hall. Councillor Gunther was very hospitable and it was an honour to be able to make a donation to one of the chosen Mayor’s Charities.”

Bury Hospice, one of the Mayor’s Charities, is an organisation close to MERJE’s heart due to the excellent work they do in the area. Jonathan Abelson commented, “Bury Hospice is an outstanding charity that provides vital care when most needed. We are extremely proud to be able to support both them and the Mayor’s fund-raising activities.”

As well as presenting the cheque, the pair were able to spend time discussing many topics with Councillor Gunther, who also gave them a tour of the newly commissioned mural within the Town Hall.

The mural incorporates the Mayor’s Charities supporters’ wall, on which MERJE now have a shield. The supporters’ wall recognises organisations and individuals who have donated to the good causes selected by the Mayor, which are currently Bury Hospice, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and the RNLI.

Class People

Class People’s staff cycled at its head office on Friday 9th March, all in aid of raising money and awareness for Action for Charity: Women V Cancer. Taking it in turns on the exercise bike, the team have raised a total of £280 for the cause.

CEO, Lynis Bassett, is taking part in a women-only bike ride across India later this year for the cancer charity; challenging herself and helping to take positive action against breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

The intense 450km cycle will be over the course of five days, on and off road, where the group will experience rural India at its most raw and colourful.

As well as training, Bassett will need to raise money to support the work of the Women V Cancer charities, which include Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, and is asking friends, family, colleagues and local people and businesses to help raise as much money for the cause.

Class People held a variety of events throughout last summer to help raise funds for the charity. From bake sales and bike rides to The Cotswolds Creative Market, the team pulled out all the stops to bring in the support and donations for this important cause, bringing the total to over £2,000.

Lynis Bassett, Class People CEO, explained, “I have been motivated to step out of my comfort zone and do my bit to support Action for Charity after being inspired by their dedication and work in helping to improve survival rates for women suffering from cancer.

“We recognise that the teaching profession is predominantly female and on many occasions are faced with working with our schools to provide support during challenging times.”

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