The fight against child food poverty is to be given a significant boost by Stockport-based JCM Business Solutions Ltd as members of the family-run business are, quite literally, moved to play their part in fundraising.
Throughout November, the entire JCM team of eight – which includes Managing Director Chris Moran along with daughters Sara and Elle – will be lending support to their aptly named ‘200 Challenge – End Childhood Hunger’; drawing attention to the 200,000 kids that Greater Manchester Poverty Action believes are living below the poverty line in the area.
Each will be aiming to cover 200km within 30 days – be it walking, running, swimming, cycling or rowing. The ultimate aim being to raise £8,000 in aid of children who don’t know when their next meal might arrive.
It’s the company’s latest initiative to raise funds for the Audacious Foundation, with every penny of funds raised aiding the Foundation’s efforts to provide food parcels to families during the school holidays and Christmas season. It comes at a time when the additional strain of Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the needs of the poorest children across our region.
As JCM Business Solutions’ Managing Director, Chris Moran, explains,
“We've worked with Audacious for nearly two years now, making a regular % donation based on the money we earn from new business. We've also hosted one previous fundraiser which was a sponsored Walk to Work for my daughter Elle. Her 23km walking commute alone raised nearly £1,200 in March last year.
“Over the two years we've worked with Audacious, we've raised £6,647, which makes our £8,000 target this time a monumental one!
“None of our team have ever done a month-long challenge of this magnitude so it will certainly be a challenge for us all! But it’s a cause we’re so passionate about that we’re prepared to take the blisters and bruises.”
Laura Howard, Program Director for the Audacious Foundation, adds,
“We are extremely appreciative of JCM Business Solutions who have provided ongoing support to those facing poverty at this difficult time. The issue of children’s lockdown hunger is of critical importance – where we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable within our communities we should continue to do all we can.”
Anyone interested in lending their support to this worthwhile cause is invited to visit: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/the_200_challenge.