Punchline Business and Community Champion: Over Farm Market
By Rob Freeman | 16th April 2020
Over Farm Market went back to basics in providing help to NHS staff with a huge supply of water.
The market donated piles of cans to help staff stay refreshed as they work to treat patients during the coronavirus pandemic.
Their gesture has earned them a nomination as one of Punchline's Business and Community Champions.
But they are not alone with businesses, groups and individuals across the county helping raise funds to support NHS staff in Gloucester and Cheltenham.
The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity has raised more than £119,000 to provide support for staff such as refreshments, sleep pods and the provision of transport.
Head of fundraising Richard Smith said: "We have been so overwhelmed by the support shown to our hospital teams by the community with donations to our Rapid Response Appeal from the many businesses and organisations who have given us treats for NHS staff and supplies.
"Thank you to the many companies who donated the huge amount of Easter Eggs for the staff and to Over Farm, who donated a huge number of cans of water which is a fantastic help, enabling staff to hydrate quickly after a long period of wearing masks."
Fundraising has included head shaves from some of the county's leading sportsmen and in memory of a local rugby club stalwart.
Long-serving Chosen Hill Former Pupils chairman Bob Savory died from coronavirus on Sunday and his family, friends and club members have raised more than £10,000 with their own head shave challenge.
Players from Cheltenham Town and Gloucester Rugby have also lost their locks to raise more than £6,100 with Robins manager Michael Duff pledging to follow suit if that figure reaches £6,500.
Mr Smith said: "It has been heartening to see the great number of fundraising challenges and events which have been set up to support the appeal.
"We are so grateful to players from Cheltenham Town Football Club and Gloucester Rugby who have raised vital funds and awareness with their head shave challenge."
He continued: "We would also like to say a massive thank you to the family and friends of Bob Savory and the wider rugby community who have raised more than £10,000 in a matter of days with their own head shave challenge in his memory.
"We were very sorry to hear about Bob's death, our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time and we cannot thank them enough for what they are doing to help support the staff who cared for him."
Punchline's Business and Community Champion Awards are sponsored by:
The Growth Hub Gloucestershire
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