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Fundraising ‘Chairman’s Challenge’ postponed until 2021

A charity fundraising challenge has become the latest event in the county to be postponed as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown and restrictions.

Local businesswoman Helen Lacey had hoped to mark her current year as Chairman of Somerset Chamber of Commerce with a fundraising Chairman’s Challenge in aid of local charities which are currently members of the Chamber.

But Helen, Director of HR GO, previously known as Red berry Recruitment Ltd, which has offices in Yeovil and Shepton Mallet, has now postponed her planned charity fundraising assault course challenge until September 4, 2021, due to the current pandemic.

Helen had hoped to raise at least £2,500 for good causes by inviting Somerset businesses to join her on an 8km assault course at the Grail Quest course between Langport and Long Sutton.

She said: “It’s such a shame as I really wanted to celebrate my year as Chairman of Somerset Chamber of Commerce but it’s absolutely the right thing to do in these current times.

“It would have been wonderful to mark my five years as a Chamber board member and final year as the Chairman by raising money for the many fantastic charities that are members of the Chamber, but it’s something we can now all look forward to in September next year.”

Helen is no stranger to charitable causes and fundraising having previously supported Christmas charity shoebox appeals and taken part in sponsored events. She has raised more than £25,000 for good causes since she launched her company Red Berry Recruitment in 2007, which is now part of the HR GO Group.

Local businessmen and women are only able to serve as a Chamber board member for a maximum of five years so this will be Helen’s last year with the board.

“We might have to rename it the Ex-Chairman’s Challenge next year, but I’m determined it will go ahead and it will be a great opportunity to have fun and support local charities at the same time,” Helen said.

More details of the rescheduled charity challenge will be available in due course.

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