MYTIME Young Carers’ Charity Chairman urges businesses to come on board with Christmas Advent fundraising initiative

Nov 19, 2020

Matthew Barker, founder and Chairman of MYTIME Young Carers’ Charity is urging businesses to come on board with a matched funding Christmas Advent initiative, supported by ‘Work for Good’ and marketed as #SmallBusinessStar.

The premise is simple: business-owners pledge a proportion of sales from their products or services for an elected period of time to MYTIME Young Carers, and ‘Work for Good’ will match fund donations up to £500, paid between the 1st and 31st of December.

Matthew advised, “In return, MYTIME will be working hard to promote the good will and generosity of its supporters. Our aim is to enlist the help of 25 businesses, and to create for MYTIME an advent calendar of altruism. In the run-up to Christmas, the charity will publicly post their thanks through social media to a different business every day.

“The challenges that 2020 has posed have impacted no one more so than young carers, and MYTIME has adapted quickly and courageously to meet their emerging needs. By way of showing my appreciation and respect for the phenomenal work the charity has done this year, I will be pledging my support through my business, Barker, for the ‘Work for Good’, #SmallBusinessStar Christmas campaign and would urge others to join in too.  Together we can make a real positive difference to the charity’s fundraising and help to make an immediate impact on the lives of young carers in the region.

“To become a #SmallBusinessStar and get involved, sign up for free at select MYTIME Young Carers as your chosen charity and make your pledge before the 1st December.”

About MYTIME Young Carers

MYTIME Young Carers seeks to provide young carers between the age of 5-25 with the support, opportunities and friendship that help to level the playing field.

In the UK, there are an estimated 700,000 young carers, yet only 166,000 are registered as such. This means that the vast majority are facing the challenges of caring for a vulnerable relative, without support from their school or local authority. It also means that the scale and nature of the challenges young carers face are hidden and often misunderstood. It is our aim to help young carers overcome these challenges, and to create a society which is more aware, inclusive and supportive of young carers.