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Coronavirus: Ripon charity gets active to make up lost revenue

Coronavirus: Ripon charity gets active to make up lost revenue

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:50am 11th July 2020.

A Ripon charity is getting active to help make up the money it's lost during the coronavirus crisis. 

  • Jennyruth Workshops is a charity and social enterprise
  • It supports adults with learning difficulties through the creation of hand crafted products
  • It's not been able to visit local events to sell products during lockdown 
  • Its workers have collectively walked more than 1,000 miles to raise money  

Jennyruth Workshops is a charity and social enterprise that supports adults with learning difficulties through the creation of hand crafted products.  

During the coronavirus crisis, it's workers have been busy making products at home. 

A worker from Jennyruth Workshops
A worker from Jennyruth Workshops crafting from home

However, whilst it's set up an online shop, the charity is missing out on revenue due to the cancellation of local events. 

Anna Smith, a volunteer at the charity said

"A lot of the events where we would normally sell our products have obviously fallen through because of the current pandemic. 

"For example, most recently, we were meant to be for three days at the RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show. 

"We've lost a lot of revenue and a lot of our income." 

In response, the charity launched its own fundraising project. The 'Rainbow Miles' initiative has seen the workers raise money by walking. Initially, they set themselves a target of 600 miles, but have so far walked over 1,000 miles. 

Anna added: 

"Our Rainbow Miles fundraiser was actually inspired by our late founder Barry Evason who passed away back in February. Him and his son Jonathon walked to raise money for the workshops."  

You can find out more about the charity, including its online shop, at www.jennyruth.co.uk

To donate to the Rainbow Miles project visit www.gofundme.com/f/the-rainbow-miles