Reading Time: 2 minutesA Solihull businessman is expecting to smash his fundraising target for Autism West Midlands, as he prepares to undertake several charitable initiatives.
Elliott Robinson, owner of oven valeting firm Ovenu Solihull, is hoping to exceed last year’s total of £461 for the charity by carrying out the fundraising activities over the course of the year.
In November 2017, Elliott celebrated his 10th year in business and to recognise his anniversary he has decided to support Autism West Midlands again.
He has already signed up to do a charitable skydive in August, having supported Autism Awareness Month last year by dying his hair blue throughout April 2017.
Autism West Midlands supports people living with autism and their families through its network of staff and volunteers, who work across all age groups and abilities.
The charity remains close to Elliott’s heart as his daughter Catherine, five, was diagnosed with the condition.
Elliott recently completed a one-mile fun run with Catherine, in Kenilworth, in support of Autism West Midlands, as well as a 5km fun run in Knowle.
Elliott said: “I am always up for a challenge and regularly support good, local causes, which mean something to me and my family. It was always going to be a tall order to top last year’s efforts, but I plan on carrying out a number of initiatives this year for charity, starting with throwing myself out of a plane!
“I have enjoyed the last decade in business and what better way to celebrate my anniversary than to support a cause that means a great deal to me. I am thankful to those who supported my efforts last year and I am now aiming to raise even more money for Autism West Midlands, which does so much to help people living with Autism, and their families like my own.”
Francesca Brittain, Marketing Manager at Autism West Midlands, said: “As a charity we rely on voluntary donations and are very grateful to our loyal fundraisers such as Elliot. His passion and loyalty fills us with an incredible amount of pride, we are really thankful for his efforts and wish him all the best for his skydive.”
Ovenu is a franchise network made up of more than 100 businesses owned by men and women working throughout the UK.
The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.