Despite having to cancel its annual charity gala ball, which was to take place in April, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) is donating £5000 to the chairman’s charity, Grief Encounter.
Every year, thanks to the generosity of members and their guests, the CHSA raises thousands of pounds for the chairman’s charity at its gala ball - in 2019 the CHSA raised £8000 for Grief Encounter. The social distancing essential to tackling Coronavirus meant this year’s gala ball has been cancelled so the CHSA took action.
“Charities have suffered in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” said David Garcia, vice president of the CHSA and the driving force behind the association’s gala ball. “The cancellation of events like ours is having an impact so we took a decision to make a donation of £5000 now.”
The Gala Ball has been re-scheduled for 23 April 2021 at the De Vere Staverton Estate. The donation being made now is an advance on the sum the CHSA expects to raise in 2021.
Richard Fogelman, chief executive officer of Grief Encounter, said: “This is truly amazing. Thank you. At a time when demand is higher than ever and donations will be decreasing, this has come as a most welcome surprise. We really can’t thank you enough for all your support, from everyone at Grief Encounter, really incredibly.”