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Rygor launches Charities of the Year 2016-17

Friday 1st July 2016

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Local Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer group, Rygor, is delighted to announce its Charities of the Year 2016-17, as the James Hopkins Trust, Dorothy House Hospice Care and Bath Cats and Dogs Home.

Over the next 12 months, Rygor will be actively supporting and fundraising for these three exceptional causes, which have been nominated and voted for by the company’s team members.

The team at Rygor was conscious of wanting to support charities which benefit some of the local communities which the company calls home. The James Hopkins Trust is located just a stone’s throw from the site of what will be Rygor’s new, flagship branch in Gloucester, which will open late summer 2016. Dorothy House Hospice Care and Bath Cats and Dogs Home, both BANES-based, are local to the company’s headquarters in Westbury.

Tim Stacey, managing director at Rygor, said: “Rygor’s Charities of the Year was a new initiative which we launched for the first time in 2015 and following its success, I am thrilled to be able to announce this year’s charities. Our team is dedicated to giving back to local communities and causes, which is why they have been key decision makers in choosing which charities Rygor will fundraise for over the next year. We look forward to helping each of our chosen charities, by coming together as a team to help make a difference.”

“The James Hopkins Trust is delighted to have been chosen as one of Rygor’s charity partners” Sarah James, head of fundraising, said.

“It is an excellent opportunity to increase our profile in the county whilst raising funds. We provide free nursing respite care for severely disabled, life limited and life threatened young children living in Gloucestershire. We are the only registered charity in the whole of Gloucestershire to provide this level of care night and day, in either the family home or at Kites Corner, our multi-sensory respite centre and gardens. We are really looking forward to working with the Rygor team, they have been full of energy and absolutely committed to making a difference. Without the generous support of our Gloucestershire community and businesses like Rygor we would really struggle to support our families,” Sarah added.

Emily Knight, events fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “We are delighted that Rygor’s staff has chosen us as a Charity of the Year. As a local, independent charity we provide the vast majority of our care in the community and rely upon the shared values of local businesses across our 700sq miles. One in three people will be touched by hospice care in their lives, and we are thrilled that Rygor is supporting us, so that we can continue to provide end of life care in our community, when it matters most.”

Rachel Jones, head of fundraising and communications at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “It is such fantastic news to have been chosen as one of Rygor’s Charities of the Year, the staff and volunteers at Bath Cats and Dogs Home are absolutely delighted. Rygor’s support will help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the 1,300 unwanted and abandoned animals we take in each year, saving many animals’ lives. As a local charity we rely on local support and we couldn’t be happier to work with Rygor, a company that wants to make a positive difference in their local area.”