A MALVERN charity is urging customers of local businesses to show support by donating their loose change to collection boxes at various businesses in the town, including pubs, cafes and shops.
The Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills (ARCOS) this week launched the campaign and among those to have already agreed to host boxes are the Great Malvern Hotel, Abbey Road Coffee, Gordon Smith, Malvern Book Cooperative, the Swan at Newland and Colston Bakery. Boxes are also at Bar Limon, the Green Dragon, Austin and Co, and Malvern Hills Dental Care.
ARCOS is aimed at improving life for people with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, including children and adults with conditions such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, stroke and head injury.
ARCOS clinical director Kay Coombes said: “We are delighted that these thriving local businesses are supporting our valuable work, and I hope in turn that people will support them and then feel free to put their loose change in the boxes.
“We hope that many more local businesses will be able to accept our boxes and join us in this latest fundraising venture.
“We also want to remind people that we’ll be at the well-dressing festival in Priory Park on bank holiday Monday, May 2, when music duo The Raintrees, one of whom, Andy Lindsay, is the ARCOS IT coordinator.”