Businesses are often accused of only being in it for the money and not putting anything back into society. We know that's not true and that Chamber members and other businesses across Essex are heavily involved in their local communities and supporting a wide range of charities.
Every year Essex Chambers of Commerce supports a local charity and for 2020 we have chosen The Rob George Foundation. This a north Essex-based charity and was set up in January 2014 in loving memory of Rob, who died on December 9 2013 following a long and courageous battle with leukaemia.
Before his death, Rob expressed a wish that a foundation be set up in his memory to support young people who faced similar intolerable financial difficulties to those he had encountered. He also wanted the foundation to provide financial support to those in the worlds of sport or the performing arts.
Since its launch in 2014, the Rob George Foundation has helped more than 750 young people in Essex and across the UK, granting financial awards approaching £500,000. Grant applications still come in on average at one per working day so there is still the need to raise more money and continue the good work to date.
We hope that you will want to support us and the Rob George Foundation in
continuing to achieve their aims. We have a number of activities lined up so you can help raise funds including:
- Business Adventure Challenge: do you fancy an adventure? Then get a team together, get sponsored and join us on Sunday March 1 for our Business Adventure Challenge in Southend.
- The £50 Business Challenge: are you up for a challenge? Well it's this simple- we give you £50 and you have to convert this into as much money as you can manage
- Rob's Big Walk 2020: can your team manage the 82-mile Essex Walk challenge?
- Bid for the Box: how much would you pay to spend the day in a VIP box at the Essex County Cricket ground and watch first class cricket?
- The £50 Challenge Collection Walk: sponsor me as I walk to each £50 Business Challenge participant to collect their amazing donations.
We hope as many readers of Grapevine as possible will generously support this campaign. To find out how you can become involved, go to visit our website.
We look forward to your involvement in supporting this worthy cause. If you'd like to read more about Rob's story and the work of the Rob George Foundation, go to www.therobgeorgefoundation.co.uk