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FSB Chairman’s Charity 2018
Rainbow Trust

Mike Cherry Since I announced Rainbow Trust as the FSB Chairman’s charity back in May at the FSB Small Business Awards final I’ve been delighted to see the activity members and staff have achieved to raise funds for this important charity. To date we’ve raised over £5,000 with lots more fundraising activity still to come.

I first became aware of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity at the relaunch of FSB Insurance Service, which provides FSB insurance. It is a remarkable charity which enables families who have a child with a life-threatening illness to make the most of time together; providing expert practical and emotional support, where they need it, for as long as it is needed. You can find about more about Rainbow Trust here

In the past few months members and staff have taken part in a number of fundraising activities including Christmas jumper day and cake sales. It is also our chosen charity for donations at each of our FSBStaff-Rainbow-Trust-Activities awards regional finals which are taking place across the country in 2019.

Our next major fundraising event is a Blackpool to London cycle ride taking place between Wednesday20th and Friday 22nd March 2019. FSB members and staff will cycle 256 miles over 3 days stopping off at FSB member premises in Wimslow, Bolton, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Coventry, Daventry, Milton Keynes, Hemel Hempstead and finally London. The charity cycle ride was the idea of Ian O’Donnell, FSB board member and keen cyclist, who has worked with our Vice Chair, Melanie Ulyatt and staff to make it happen. Ian will be cycling the whole 256 miles and joined for each leg by members and staff

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 who are keen to do their bit for this wonderful charity. 

We are encouraging all small businesses to get involved and #getfitforbusiness. Whether you’d like to organise your own activity, make a donation or help us raise awareness using the hashtag #getfitforbusiness and #FSBRide your support all helps to make a difference to the lives of the families that Rainbow Trust help.

At our FSB Awards final in May I’ll be presenting the total amount raised to Rainbow Trust so please do get involved and help support the fantastic work of Rainbow Trust. You can donate via my FSB Chairman’s Charity Just Giving page or if you’d like to raise funds locally contact Karen.durcan@fsb.org.uk

Mike Cherry OBE,  FSB National Chairman



What do the Rainbow Trust do? 

Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support they offer.

Family Support Workers provide a life line to these families and children. Supporting the whole family including parents, carers, the unwell child, brothers, sisters and grandparents.

FSB Rainbow Trust


How have we done so far? 

Get Involved 

Follow us on Twitter at @FSB_Policy to keep up with our fundraising activities. 

You can donate to Rainbow Trust via our Just Giving page 

I'll name that tune in...

Non Operational Directors Gary Lovatt and Ian O'Donnell got together with FSB Staff members Jennifer Thomas, Sarah King, David Richardson and Emma Smailes to form the "Rainbow Trust Minstrels". Over Christmas the group performed carols for a donation to Rainbow Trust.

Festive fun...

Staff across our offices donated money to wear Christmas Jumpers for the day. They also baked or bought goods in for a bake sale to raise money for Rainbow Trust. 

Fun in the Sun...

Staff in the Blackpool Office hosted a BBQ and outdoor games afternoon offering a selection of tasty vittles in exchange for a donation to charity. 


What's next? 

FSB Blackpool to London Cycle Ride

Next and biggest challenge so far is a bike ride from FSB HQ in Blackpool to our Westminster office in London. Ian O’Donnell, FSB Board member will lead a team of cyclists on the 256 mile journey stopping off at small businesses along the way. 

If you want to come and cheer the team on, you can see their full route below. 

We're encouraging all small biz to get involved and #getfitforbusiness so whether you’d like to organise your own activity or donate sponsorship towards our national cycle ride you’ll be helping a charity that means families across the UK don't have to face things alone. 
FSB Charity Bikeride Map