The Charities we are supporting in 2017

The Daisy Garland

Working exclusively for children with difficult to control epilepsy, The Daisy Garland is a family-run, national, registered children’s charity; set up in 2004 after the tragic death of our 6 year old daughter Daisy who died in her sleep from SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients). Supporting some of the 18,000 children in the UK suffering from drug resistant epilepsy, The Daisy Garland is non-profit making. We do not receive any government funding so rely 100% on grants and donations.

Our 2 main projects –

  • Funding Daisy Garland Ketogenic Dietitians to work in NHS hospitals throughout the UK. The ketogenic diet is a strict, medically supervised diet, high in fat and low in carbohydrate with enough protein to allow for growth. (The ketogenic diet shows promise for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Autism, Depression, Migraines and Cancer.) To date we have funded 15 dietitians from Plymouth to Edinburgh, with more planned to follow. Each f/t dietitian costs £47K pa
  • Funding night-time breathing (SATs/epilepsy) monitors keeping children with epilepsy safe at night while they sleep. Each SATs monitor costs £880. We have a long waiting list of families waiting for monitors, many already having lost a child to SUDEP.

Nominated by Aon UK Limited

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research helps the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.  We are the only charity dedicated to addressing specific cancer problems in Yorkshire, by funding research projects right here in our region.

We work to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire so that you, your family, friends and neighbours will have the very best chance of living a long and healthy life. It’s only by working in the heart of our communities that we will learn more about the problems that exist in Yorkshire and find solutions to tackle them.

Nominated by Aon UK Limited

Huddersfield Town Foundation

Founded by Huddersfield Town Chairman, Dean Hoyle, the foundation helps to improve the quality of life for young people across Huddersfield and the West Yorkshire area.

The primary Foundation Project “Early Kick-Off Breakfast Clubs”  focuses on providing complimentary, healthy breakfasts to children in local schools.  The Breakfast Clubs have proved to be an outstanding success and have already made a significant impact across many schools in the area.  The charity also has numerous further initiatives in the pipeline to ensure that it continues to develop and impact upon thousands of children and families.

Nominated by Chadwick Lawrence

Leeds Rugby Foundation

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos and aims to truly change lives through sport. The foundation delivers projects in the heart of the community by harnessing the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’ lives.

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation works alongside schools, community clubs and runs holiday rugby camps, rugby festivals, community days and health and education projects year round to engage with both children and adults from all over the community.

Nominated by Chadwick Lawrence

Disability Sport Yorkshire

Disability Sport Yorkshire (formerly the Federation of Disability Sports Organisations) was founded in 1993. The new organisation brought together under one umbrella four existing regional disability sports organisations.

Their main aim was, and still is, to address the inequality in access to sport for disabled people.

Following a review of their work a few years ago, they changed our name, developed a strategic plan for disability sport, modernised working practices and recruited a new board of trustees with business experience.

DSY are committed to 3 major impacts by 2020. They aim to make Yorkshire the best place in England for disabled people to:

  • improve their well-being through physical activity
  • play sport on a regular basis
  • become a sporting champion

In August 2014 they established their new operational base in Wakefield. They have developed the  Denhale Active Recreation Centre, a purpose-built community sports centre, as a centre of excellence for disability sport in Yorkshire. From the centre they run regional sports programmes and projects, an Active Events programme and inclusive training and coaching qualification courses.

Nominated by FBT Europe Limited

Huddersfield Town Foundation

The Huddersfield Town Foundation was officially launched in July 2012 by Huddersfield Town Chairman, Dean Hoyle. The Foundations main project “Early Kick-Off Breakfast Clubs” have been an outstanding success, since the first club was launched at Christchurch Academy School in October 2012.

The breakfast clubs main aim is to provide a complimentary healthy breakfast to supplement the wellbeing of children, many of whom it was identified were sadly attending school daily without a breakfast. Serving up food such as fruit, grains and dairy products, the clubs are making a significant impact across many schools in the area.

Businesses and individuals can easily get involved with the Foundation and money raised for the charity is used to fund projects that will directly benefit the young people in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.

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Nominated by Fantastic Media

Martin House Children’s Hospice

Martin House Children’s Hospice opened to children and their families in 1987 becoming the second children’s hospice in the UK, and celebrates it`s 30th Birthday this year. Since that time they have played a leading role in the development of the philosophy and delivery of children’s hospice care, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Their commitment to innovative development and the delivery of high quality, child and family led services continued with the opening of Whitby Lodge in 2002, the UK’s first unit for teenagers and young people.

Martin House is a purpose built hospice for children, young people and their families, taking referrals from the Yorkshire region and aiming to support and care for families in which there is a child with a life-limiting condition. There is no charge to families that use Martin House.

Nominated by Hilton Leeds City

The Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation has a vision to assist young people under 16 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport.
Harold Dennis Dickie Bird is the most famous cricket umpire in the history of the game. Revered across the world from Barnsley to Brisbane to Barbados to Bangalore.

But he has never forgotten his roots. He is acutely aware of the tremendous support and enormous sacrifices parents traditionally have to make to ensure their children can participate in sport, particularly when the youngsters grow up in homes with little or no financial security. Wanting to put something back, in March 2004 he set up the Dickie Bird Foundation. Its aim is to help financially disadvantaged young people across the United Kingdom to participate in the sport of their choice by assisting with the costs of equipment, clothing and travel.

Nominated by Leeds Beckett University

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St Gemma’s Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds cares for local people who have life limiting illnesses. Our aim is to control their symptoms, alleviate their pain and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. Every patient is an individual with unique needs and preferences; and our dedicated staff understand how to care for the whole person, not just treat their symptoms.

St Gemma’s is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in the UK, supporting over 3,000 local people each year. It was recently awarded the highest accolade of ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Each year the Hospice must raise over £6million, the majority of this needs to be raised through donations, legacies, fundraising initiatives and in charity shops.

Nominated by Yorkshire Society