Rover support James Hopkins Trust in Gloucester

Having always supported local charities, Gloucestershire based coach tour operator Rover European have this year pledged to support James Hopkins Trust who provide nursing respite care for Gloucestershire’s life limited and life threatened young children.

Rover European who have raised more than £2000 for various local and national charities in the last year, are supporting local charity James Hopkins Trust in an exciting new initiative. The close-knit team, based at the company’s offices in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, are dedicated to raising money for local children’s charities and found James Hopkins Trust very deserving of their fundraising efforts this year. The team plan on fully supporting the Trusts various charity events scheduled throughout the year and having collections on their holidays across Europe. They are especially looking forward to the James Hopkins Trust iconic summer fete, and their Christmas Extravaganza, held at Hatherley Manor in December.

Sarah James, Head of Fundraising at James Hopkins Trust, explains, “Established in 1989, the trust currently supports just shy of 100 families throughout Gloucestershire who have a young child with a life threatening or life limiting condition. The children we care for have many different complex nursing needs which can be very challenging and exhausting for their families.” She adds “James Hopkins Trust is able to offer desperately needed nursing respite, for free, either in the family home or at Kites Corner, our purpose-built respite centre in Gloucester. To do so we must raise at least £580,000 a year to be able to continue supporting families who need us.”

Director of Rover European, Carole Hand explains “I was amazed to learn from Sarah that the Trust must raise a staggering £580,000 per year to cover the cost of nursing staff, specialist therapist visits and the upkeep of Kites Corner, its relaxation gardens, hydrotherapy suites and multi-sensory rooms.” She adds, “The trust often becomes a second home for many families; a place of safety and comfort where sick children can spend their final days with round the clock nursing care and therapy. These services are a lifeline to families with very sick children. Without donations and fundraising from local businesses like ours, they will be denied this much needed respite care and support. Rover European pledge to do everything we can this year to raise as much money as we can to support the trust and the outstanding work that they do.”

With over 70 years’ experience in the coach industry, Rover European is the go-to name for first—class, quality coach travel. Besides operating school transport and coach hire for any occasion, be it weddings, school trips or corporate events, the company boasts a very impressive 2018 holiday programme with a selection of affordable holidays both to locations here in the UK and throughout Europe.

For further details about Rover European and their support of James Hopkins Trust this year or to request the company’s 2018 Holiday Brochure, please call 01453 832121, alternatively email [email protected]

Office cake sale at Rover's offices in Nailsworth

Always keen to support both national and local charities, Gloucestershire based Coach Operator Rover European have enlisted the support of family and friends to bake a selection of homemade treats to sell at their offices on Tuesday 20th March with all proceeds going to Sport Relief.

Local coach operator Rover European are pleased to be supporting Sport Relief this year and are doing their bit in contributing to the nation’s Billion Step Challenge by encouraging staff across its site in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, to donate an amount of money for every step they take to the office to buy cakes!

Carole Hand, Director at Rover European and the brains behind the fun idea explains “Here at Rover European we are passionate about fundraising for charities and supporting the local community. Last year we raised just over £4000 for local children’s charity Allsorts, who do a fantastic job supporting families in and around Gloucestershire who have children with complex needs and disabilities.” She adds “We’re very excited to be holding our very first cake sale and with the support of keen members of staff, our friends and family, we’re baking cakes for our Sport Relief cake sale, which is being held on Tuesday 20th March. Through over 2000 projects, Sport Relief helps vulnerable people, across the UK and around the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives and relies on charitable donations from the general public and businesses like ours.”

Established in 1947, family run Rover European provide memorable coach holidays to top destinations across the UK and Europe. With interesting itineraries, exciting destinations and comfortable door to door travel, the company prides itself on offering great value for money holidays for people of all ages. In addition to their renowned UK and continental holiday tours, the company also boasts a jam-packed programme of exciting Day Trip’s catering to various interests. Besides excursions to cathedral cities and market towns, for those looking for something a little bit different, Rover European are running a trip to see the must-see musical comedy ‘Shrek’ at Bristol’s Hippodrome theatre in August. Plus, a trip to the ‘Festival of Light’ at Longleat in December, a winter spectacular, is not to be missed by families with small children.

For further details of the company’s efforts for Sport Relief this year or to request Rover’s 2018 Holiday Brochure, please call 01453 832121, alternatively email [email protected]