Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF), which gives assistance to families struggling financially because of cancer, has seen months of planned fundraising events cancelled or postponed by the virus outbreak.
Amigo Loans, based in Commercial Road, has donated £20,000 to the charity, enabling it to continue making cash grants to families throughout the lockdown period.
Adam Higgins of Amigo Loans explained: “We are extremely happy and proud to be able to help DCCF.
“We first became aware of this great local charity in March 2019 when it was chosen by staff as a beneficiary of our Give as you Earn scheme.”
Give as you Earn enables Amigo Loans employees to contribute to good causes, directly from their salaries, tax free.
Adam continued: “When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Amigo was keen to explore how we could support both national and local charities through these challenging times.
“I contacted DCCF and learned it was facing real difficulties because people were no longer able to meet in groups to fundraise. So I put together a proposal on its behalf and the Board agreed to donate £20k to the charity, which everyone at Amigo is absolutely thrilled about.”
DCCF was set up in Poole in 2012.
The charity, which is funded entirely by fundraising, gives cash grants to pay for anything from transport to and from hospital appointments, to accommodation costs, household bills and even food.
DCCF co-founder Eve Went, said: “When Amigo contacted us last month to offer their help, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Without fundraising our whole operation was under threat.
“This fantastic donation will ensure we are able to continue helping families who need it most in the difficult months ahead.
“We want to thank the team at Amigo Loans from the bottom of our hearts.”
To find out more about the work of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation, how to apply for a DCCF grant, or how you can donate or become involved, please click here.