It’s safe to say 2020 hasn’t had the best of starts, especially the last few months as we tackle the stresses and strains bought on by lockdown and Covid-19.
Wanting to make a difference during these challenging times, Claritas Tax joined forces with UK based charity, KidsOut to take part in their 2.6 challenge, raising much-needed funds to support women and young children forced from their homes as a result of domestic violence.
KidsOut is a charity who supports every child forced to live in a Women’s Aid Federation refuge after fleeing a life of domestic violence – sadly something that we have seen surge during lockdown, with a recent report revealing that calls to domestic violence helplines have increased by over 700% in the last three months.
Colleagues from Claritas’ offices, which are based in Birmingham and Manchester, took part in a virtual ‘Trek to Tokyo’. The challenge saw them engaging in different exercise-based activities over an eight-week period, collectively clocking up the miles needed to reach Tokyo. Without breaking any lockdown rules they managed to travel a total of 9,740km (the distance from Birmingham to Tokyo).
Keen to use the fund-raising initiative as an opportunity to keep fit and stay healthy during lockdown, the Claritas team took on a range of activities from skipping, running and even horse riding to clock up the miles.
Finally raising in excess of £3,604.20, the funds will help KidsOut to continue their vital work, providing support and guidance to mothers and their young children at an incredibly difficult time in their lives.
Iain Wright, Director at Claritas Tax commented: “As we entered lockdown, we didn’t want to sit around and do nothing. We chose KidsOut as our chosen charity because of the amazing work they do to support the victims of domestic violence”.
“To be able to combine keeping fit, motivating colleagues and raising money for a fantastic cause was a simple choice to make. KidsOut is a fantastic charity, doing amazing work”.
Gordon Moulds CBE DL, Chief Executive of KidsOut added: “We’re really grateful to Claritas for taking part in our 2.6 challenge and raising the amount of money they have – it will go a long way to help deliver our much-needed services”.
‘Being able to provide food vouchers and toys during this difficult time, means a lot to the children involved – it goes a long way to remind them that someone cares”.
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