Wisbech business owners launch charitable foundation
A business couple who have launched a charitable foundation to help those in need in the Wisbech area say it is the realisation of long-term ambition.
Gary and Sue Robinson, who own and run Paragon Motors in Lynn Road, Wisbech, now hope that other business people will get behind them and help by offering their time and skills if needed.
The Paragon Charitable Foundation was launched at a special event in the garage showroom on Wednesday (11) with Wisbech mayor Andrew Lynn and Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Belinda Sutton among the 70 invited guests.
Gary and Sue, who are joined as trustees of the foundation by friend Mike Massen, hope to help out both individuals and groups in need with their charity and set the ball rolling with a £1,000 donation presented to Margaret Gibbs, co-ordinator of the Wisbech Foodbank at the launch.
A holiday to Potters Resort in Norfolk some years ago provided the inspiration for the Robinsons after they witnessed the work being done by a charitable trust set up by Potters in its local community.
Gary said: "We have always wanted to give something back, to help those less fortunate than us. We know we are lucky, we have never had to worry about feeding our children or anything like that.
"Seeing how Potters had set up their charity inspired us and gave us the template for our own foundation. It has taken us a number of years to get through all the necessary paperwork with the Charity Commission. It has been frustrating at times but we are delighted to have finally got to launching the foundation.
"We now look forward to helping people in whatever way we can. It may not always be through monetary means, we hope to be able to offer manpower and it would be great if local tradespeople could help us by offering their skills and time.
"Currently we're looking to help a family that cannot afford a uniform for their children who belong to the local Brownies. It maybe a small thing, but it will mean a lot to those children.
"Helping the Foodbank as part of the launch also meant a lot to us as we have been so privileged through life and we want to forge strong links with local agencies like them including the town council because they can identify people that need a helping hand."
The aim is to hold fundraising events, both in house among the 15 strong team at Paragon Motors and also for the community.
It is also hoped people will back the foundation by making donations.
Gary said: "The more money we can raise, the more we can help people - it's as simple as that - and the key thing people must know is that 100 per cent of the money raised will go to helping those in need."
Donations can be made through Paragon Motors and cheques can be made payable to the Paragon Charitable Foundation.