India runs for advice charity

A STAPLE Hill woman is taking part in a 10k run to raise money for a charity which is seeing a wave of people needing help with the cost-of-living crisis.

India Ellis will run the AJ Bell Great Bristol Run on May 19 to raise money for Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, which provides free, confidential and impartial advice.

India, aged 23, is a generalist adviser at the local independent charity, helping people who are struggling with the cost of living, benefits, debt, relationships and a host of other issues.

She joined last year, having previously volunteered with Citizens Advice Plymouth while studying for her law degree.

Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire helped almost 6,600 people last year – the most ever, and 20% more than in 2022.

Advisors now see around ten times as many clients needing food banks or other charity support every month than they did before the pandemic.

The charity relies on donations and grants to fund its services.

India said: “I am running the Bristol 10K for Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire as it is a charity for everyone and it is not a one-issue charity, and that is really special.

“We can help with benefits, debt, relationships to any other issue you may need support with. We always do our best to answer it.

“We can help clients holistically in many instances, which makes it easier for them to progress, and I think this is a vital service.

“Each year after Christmas it is really busy, but this year seems more so. Clients are coming in more frequently, with trouble affording the basics and needing food bank or fuel vouchers.

“There is an increased complexity and quantity, with cases coming through the door which can only be attributed to the cost of living.

“This highlights the need for Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire more than ever. We need more volunteers, staff and facilities to be able to support these people.

“At present we are booking appointments months in advance. Our drop-in queues are long, as we do not have the resources at present, which is why any support or donation is vital.”

India, who also plays rugby, has been in training for the run, which she will do with a team from the charity.

She said: “Anyone who knows me knows running is not my favourite sport but I am always up for a challenge. I am excited and nervous about the day. As long as I do not come last I will be happy!”

Anyone wanting to sponsor India can do so online at

The charity is also looking for more runners to support it in the Bristol 10K.

People can sign up at

The charity runs drop-in sessions at Emersons Green Village Hall every Thursday from 10am to noon, and also runs a free phone advice line on 0808 278 7947.

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