Leatherhead Children's Charity Rainbow Trust has been given a £30,000 boost thanks to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Rainbow Trust are based on Randalls Way in Leatherhead and provide support for families with a child suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

FSB's Chairman, Mike Cherry, chose the charity for the 2018/19 year.

As such, a host of fundraising activities were held thanks to FSB in aid of Rainbow Trust, including an "epic" bike ride from FSB's HQ in Blackpool to its Parliamentary Office in London.

All in all, £31,500 was raised by FSB members and staff thanks to the events.

To help push the total over the £30,000 mark, a massive £5,600 was donated in a single night by guests at FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards UK Final 2019, held on May 23 in London and featuring 11 small businesses from across the country.

Mr Cherry praised his staff's efforts in raising so much for Rainbow Trust: "It’s been our absolutely pleasure over the past year to be able to support such a worthwhile charity such as Rainbow Trust.

"Staff and members have really pulled together and taken part in everything from a cycle ride from FSB head office in Blackpool to our Westminster Office, as well as bake sales and fitness challenges...my thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts," he said.

Meanwhile Oonagh Goodman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rainbow Trust, was similarly grateful for the fundraising efforts.

"We are really grateful to FSB for raising more than £30,000 to help fund vital support for families with a seriously ill child.

"The money raised throughout the year will go towards funding Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers who support families across the country to make the most of the precious time they have together," she said.