Roper Rhodes has come to the aid of Citizens Advice – Bath&NES via a contribution that has enabled the charity to mobilise more volunteers.

Les Redwood, CEO of the charity expressed his thanks stating: “A lack of suitable laptops has been an obstacle for our charity during lockdown. This meant that we risked losing the expertise of some of our superb volunteers who couldn’t provide advice from their homes without the latest suitable equipment.

“Thanks to Mark and Paul Roper and the donation from Roper Rhodes, we’ve been able to purchase several laptops and get our volunteers back up to speed to helping residents all across BANES and for that, we are extremely grateful.”

The financial impact of lockdown has seen the charity receiving an increase in first-time benefits clients, many more housing and employment issues and a rise in debt as some residents struggle with bills due to a loss of income and the longer term impacts this brings.

Mark Roper of Roper Rhodes said: “In these hugely difficult times charities like CA will be needed more than ever – and fundraising has never been more difficult. It falls upon those of us who are able to help to step up to the plate and ensure that these vital services are maintained. We urge others who are able to get involved with helping out as much as they can. We are delighted to have been able to help CA over the last few months as they have provided invaluable support to our community.”

Recently, the charity appealed for robust organisations and partners to provide support as it faces the challenge of meeting escalating requests from residents for help. These are set to rise even higher in the coming weeks and months as we move on from lockdown.

If you wish to make a contribution to the charity you can do so here.