A Cirencester and Malmesbury-based accountancy firm has launched a Summer Activity Pack to help out local families facing the prospect of cancelled holidays and keeping children entertained for six long weeks.
The pack prepared by McGills Chartered Accountants features summer recipes, quizzes and puzzles for the adults, plus colouring sheets, jokes and riddles to keep the children busy.
McGills Chartered Accountants is offering the pack as a free download from its website, asking only that those who download the pack make a donation to the firm’s charity of the year, Evie’s Gift, which the firm will match pound-for-pound.
Evie’s Gift supports the families of critically ill children with emergency accommodation, food and travel costs at a time of crisis, so that they can get the rest they need in order to be able to look after their child.
The charity, based in Melksham, is named after 13-year-old Evie Clover, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour while on holiday in Spain before being flown to hospital in Bristol, miles from her parents’ home.
She spent nine days in intensive care and three weeks in the high dependency unit, during which her parents were put up in the hospital’s bunk rooms and at Ronald McDonald House, but saw many other parents struggling for accommodation at a time of need.
Following Evie’s death, her parents established Evie’s Gift to provide help in a time of crisis.
Simon Nuttall, a Partner at McGills Chartered Accountants, said: “This year has brought with it some unexpected challenges for all of us, so we were keen to do our bit to help families during the long summer holidays.
“Our Summer Activity Pack will help ease the strain, while also raising funds for a vital cause in Evie’s Gift.
“We are delighted to have announced Evie’s Gift as our charity of the year back in January and it is wonderful to be able to support its work to support parents at their time of need.”
Anyone wishing to download the pack and make a donation can do so by visiting www.mcgills.co.uk/summer/.