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Staff's sterling efforts 'insures' charity can serve up food programme for young people

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 22 September 2020 7:00

Staff's sterling efforts 'insures' charity can serve up food programme for young people

Food-related charity Wiggly Worm has thanks staff from one of Gloucestershire’s biggest employers for helping raise more than £1,300 towards its good work. 

Nine volunteers from Gloucester-headquartered Ecclesiastical ran, walked and cycled 371.45 miles, raising £689 through their efforts. 

It was a figure their employer, which has an estimated 500-plus staff, agreed to match-fun – taking the total to £1,378 

Joanna Scott, operations director at Wiggly Worm, which is based in Stroud, said: “Food is at the heart of everything we do and the funds raised by Ecclesiastical Insurance will enable young people with learning difficulties to join our new online Get Cooking at home workshop running during October half term.” 

The work helpsdevelop the practical cooking skills of those who take part, as well as teamwork, communication and confidence, and helps prepare them for independent living and work. 

The charityproduced more than 700 family meals as part of Feed Cheltenham’s holiday hunger coalition, supporting families who needed a little extra help over the summer holidays.  

Dominika Vargova from Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support The Wiggly Worm charity as it does some fantastic work in our local community.”  

Ecclesiastical staff gave more than £340,000 to good causes in 2018 through personal grants and matched donations for fundraising and payroll giving as part of the company’s ‘MyGiving’ scheme.