posted 21/11/2023

GCF Car Rally Launches Poverty Hurts Appeal

Our navigational car rally event in the Cotswolds took place on Sunday 25th June 2023 and was also the launch of our POVERTY HURTS APPEAL. We are aiming to raise £500,000 to support people in Gloucestershire living in poverty, not just this year but for years to come.

The aim of the event was to shine a light on our rural economy and the overlooked issues of rural poverty.  The objective was to bring together businesses, charities and individuals who care about their community to enjoy a fun day visiting superb sites in the county, whilst learning more about the needs of the local communities living in those often forgotten areas.

The day of the event dawned bright and the sun shone warmly all day. The rally started from the spectacular Amphitheatre at Berrybank Park and was then followed by three more stops…

The first, Naunton Downs Golf Club, a beautiful estate in the heart of the Cotswolds. Here, guests were greeted by Cotswold Friends, an amazing charity that’s helping to tackle poverty and giving support to over 2,500 older people living in rural communities.

The second stop was at the climbing and outdoor centre, Far Peak, just outside Northleach. The stop was hosted by The Churn Project, a charity based in Cirencester that works uniquely with people from birth to death and all challenges, particularly the challenges of rural, small town poverty.

Next stop, a private historic house, an incredibly generous private individual opened their amazing estate and home, to refresh our guests, was hosted by the GCF Team.

Last but by no means least, was the Classic Motor Hub at Bibury. Hosted by the brilliant charity Play Gloucestershire, whose work supports thousands of children in the county, many living in isolated ‘forgotten’ areas.  Guests enjoyed a fabulous feast, and the winners of the rally quiz were delighted to collect their prizes!

“Give yourselves a big pat on the back. You nailed it. Fun, interesting, laid back, non competitive, great route and super organised. Thank you” Jim Ruddy, seasoned rally driver.

“Thank you for an amazing day. The organisation was faultless, every member of your volunteer team we encountered was friendly, smiling and helpful, the food was delicious and plentiful. What a fantastic way to educate people on GCF’s work and local charities.” Rachel Hartley, first time rally navigator – prize winner

We want to raise £500,000 to help stop poverty in the county, please consider donating to the Poverty Hurts Appeal so we can carry on fighting poverty and enriching lives.

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