OVER £1,400 has been raised for charity thanks to the hard work of council staff.

Each year the Mendip District Council (MDC) nominates a charity to be supported for 12 months.

In 2020, staff raised funds for Time Is Precious, but due to many blockages fundraising was difficult.

They have therefore decided to continue fundraising throughout 2021.

Over the two years they have raised a total of £1,459 for the charity through sponsored online activities, raffles, competitions and donations instead of buying Christmas cards for colleagues .

Stuart Brown, chief executive of the MDC, said he was “blown away” by the dedication of council staff.

“Charities have struggled tremendously financially due to the pandemic, and I hope our friends at Time is Precious can use our fundraising efforts to continue doing their amazing work supporting sick and disabled children and their families. when they’re in the hospital or at home,” he said.

“I would like to thank every member of staff for their efforts.”

The Time is Precious Charity was created by Neil and Nicky Halford in memory of their son, Ben, who died of cancer in 2010.

The charity aims to create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children and their families in hospital or at home.

Neil and Nicky added: “We would like to thank the MDC staff for their incredible support throughout this extremely difficult time. Time is Precious has been hit very hard by the pandemic, being a small local charity!

‘Funds raised will go towards renovating the Bath RUH Children’s Service and the ‘Ben’s Gift’ appeal which buys equipment for local disabled children, which is not funded by the NHS. We appreciate all of your hard work and commitment.

“Over the past few years we have been successful in purchasing a specialist MRI DVD player for Bath RUH and Bristol Children’s Hospital.

“These have proven to be an incredible help for children and adults who are anxious about the procedure, and have reduced the number of children needing anesthesia.

“We were also able to buy a new specialist electric wheelchair for a local boy, Henry, who is eight years old. This will help transform his life so he can be more independent.

MDC’s chosen charity for 2022 is Orchard Vale Trust.

This Wells-based charity helps adults with learning disabilities live life to the fullest.

Amelia Goadby, Trust Fundraiser at Orchard Vale Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted and honored to hear that we have been chosen as Charity of the Year by MDC.

“As a small charity that was born and evolved in the Mendips, it means the world to us to have the support of council staff.

“Thank you very much. It’s been a great start to the year for us and we’re really delighted.