TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme in the UK, took to the sky on 3rd June 2017 and raised over £2000 by sky diving for local charity, S.C.R.A.T.C.H to support their local community in the Hampshire area and promote greater awareness for the local charity.
S.C.R.A.T.C.H. stands for Southampton City and Region Action To Combat Hardship. The government-backed scheme which is based in Basingstoke have been supporting FareShare, a smaller arm of S.C.R.A.T.C.H. for the past 12 months. FareShare work by redistributing quality, surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away to disadvantaged communities in the UK. TrustMark have been helping FareShare Southern Central reach these aims by sponsoring three SureStart centres in the Southampton region to give young children a healthy start in life with access to fresh food.
The TrustMark team have now shown their dedication to boosting this ongoing support by jumping from a height of 10,000ft, to show that the sky really is the limit. Seven members of the TrustMark team took part in a tandem jump at GoSkydive in Salisbury, which involved them freefalling alongside their instructors for approximately 30 seconds. The team set a target of £2000 in donations to support FareShare. Profits raised will go to help vulnerable people in the UK have access to food and reduce poverty in the UK.
Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark said “Food poverty in the UK is a real issue which affects over 8 million families. We are proud to be affiliated with such a great cause with the dual objectives of redistributing surplus food and combating poverty in the UK. We are exploring new avenues that will boost the support we have given FareShare so far and give every child the right start in life. The TrustMark team have done a fantastic job with this skydive and thanks to the support raised from friends and family we are one step closer to that goal”.
Claire Johns, Food Manager of FareShare also said “The support provided by TrustMark to FareShare Southern Central has been fantastic. The funding provided to the SureStart centres has meant that 24,000 meals were provided in the last 12 months, ensuring children attending these centres have had a good start to their day. We would like to say a big thank you to the team at TrustMark for supporting us and congratulations to all of you for your Skydive”.
The money raised has gone towards helping more families overcome food poverty and giving greater support to communities that tackle hardship in the UK.
If you would like to sponsor the TrustMark Sky Dive, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/2qOflXl
If you are interested in finding out more about the work that FareShare do, or would like to get involved, you can read more on their website: http://www.fareshare.org.uk/
For further information and to stay up-to-date with developments at TrustMark, visit www.trustmark.org.uk.
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Notes to Editors
- TrustMark is not an advertising directory or a website that sells leads. It is a registered social enterprise, operated under licence from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As a not-for-profit organisation it does not make money from consumers.
- TrustMark’s website has an easy to use UK wide postcode search facility, which provides details of more than 21,000 licensed trades and has the largest database of accredited tradespeople in the country.
- All TrustMark firms’ technical skills have been independently checked through on-site inspections to ensure a high quality of workmanship and trading practices. TrustMark is the only scheme that requires qualified inspectors to do these visits, so that technical competence is checked as well as business practices and customer satisfaction.
- TrustMark firms make a commitment to work to Government endorsed standards and are able to offer insurance backed warranties and deposit protection, as well as operating a user-friendly complaints procedure.
- S.C.R.A.T.C.H. stands for Southampton City and Region Action To Combat Hardship. It has been a registered charity since 1999, set up to relieve the effects of poverty for families and individuals with needs as recognised by approved referral agencies in Southampton and surrounding areas.