Peterborough-based Marmalade, a leading provider of cars and insurance for young drivers, has raised almost £4,000 for local charity After Umbrage.
Set up as a charity in 2013 by Tara Belcher, Oundle-based After Umbrage offers people who are caring for loved ones with terminal illnesses free holiday accommodation. With a cottage just outside Bath After Umbrage enables any carer to take a much deserved break simply by applying for a place online at http://afterumbrage.org.uk.
Every year, Marmalade selects a local charity to support, donating a percentage of cars sold via their product Fuel & Go during November and December. The increasingly popular scheme offers young drivers 12 months’ free insurance when they purchase a new car. In the past 12 months, Marmalade has seen sales triple and in the two last months of 2015 sales have provided After Umbrage with a total of £3,780.
Tara lost both her parents to cancer and the experience gave her a deep respect for those who care for loved ones, and a desire to provide them with support. When she was a child, her mum gave her a teddy bear called Umbrage who represents all the best bits of her parents, making After Umbrage the perfect name for her charity.
She said: “Caring for those with a terminal disease can be a frightening and challenging experience. I’ve gone through it with both of my parents, and there are times when a little care, comfort and love would provide me with a little breathing space and help me find the courage to go on. We’re so grateful to Marmalade for this donation which will enable us to continue providing support for carers and expanding the scope of the charity to cater for their needs while they are staying in our cottage.”
Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, said: “We’re always keen to help support local charities and we’re delighted to help Tara at After Umbrage with her good work. As a business we focus on young people but it’s great to help a charity that looks after people of all ages who are going through a tough time. We’re pleased to be able to provide this money to the charity and are looking at ways of extending this support in the future.”
In 2014, Marmalade supported local charity Anna’s Hope, the leading children's brain tumour charity in the East of England.