The Charities we are supporting in 2016


TLG, a church based charity supporting young people who have personal problems affecting their education.  Problems may be difficulties with their home life or getting on the wrong side of the law. The help they provide ranges from one to one support for children beginning to show signs of struggle in school to helping young people and families in the midst of exclusion. The charity hopes to catch them before their education is affected too seriously by opening alternative education centres.

 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


North Yorkshire Moors Association

North Yorkshire Moors Association is the charity working to safeguard the North Yorkshire moorland landscape – a recognised voluntary society for the North York Moors National Park.  Run mainly by volunteers, their aim is to protect and enhance the characteristic beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors for present and future generations. Their vision is of a beautiful, diverse and sustainable countryside. They are a constructive, forward-looking organisation who want to see development which respects the existing and special character of the Moors while taking into account the changing needs of local residents and working communities as well as the needs of the National Park visitors.

Nominated by Dalesman


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. 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


Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential.

Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.

Our aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.

We achieve this through providing disability sports, such as football, swimming, athletics, bowls, table cricket and adapted sports. We also offer expert, specialist support to parents, support workers, teachers, coaches, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sport providers and other professionals on how to adapt sports for people with cerebral palsy.

Nominated by Liberty Mutual


Yorkshire Air Ambulance

It may surprise you to know that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire.

In fact as a Charity we only receive help through secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air we need to raise £12,000 per day.

This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. Our two Air Ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together both Air Ambulances cover the whole of the region.

Nominated by Yorkshire Cottages


Reading Matters

Reading Matters helps children, young people and adults who struggle with reading to develop confidence and fluency and reach their potential. Specialising in one to one support they manage a network of volunteer Reading Mentors in Yorkshire and deliver reading support training nationwide to peer tutors, education staff and parents. Their programmes improve reading age by an average of 12 months in just 10 hours and in many cases by much more. In the last academic year they helped 6,417 children and young people.

Nominated by Yorkshire Society


CISV Leeds & West-Yorkshire

CISV Leeds & West-Yorkshire is part of CISV International, a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring for peace through building inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding. Founded in 1950, today we are a federation of 70 Member Associations with over 200 Chapters. In over 60 years we have given countless children and young people the experience of their lives and the opportunity to build lasting friendships through our international educational programmes.

Our innovative, fun, non-formal peace education ‘learning by doing’ programmes begin with our original and unique “Village” programme for 11-year-olds. We offer an exciting blend of seven international camp-based, family exchange and local community programmes. We aim to help our participants develop the skills they need to become informed, responsible and active global citizens and make a difference in their communities and the world. The glue that underpins all of our programmes is friendship, in line with our founding belief that peace is possible through friendship and mutual understanding.

Through the 2015/16 program, the Leeds & West-Yorkshire chapter has sent 25 children (aged between 11 and 23) to Belgium, Italy, Germany, Colombia, Canada and Great-Britain. We have also welcomed 10 international delegations to our own “Building Block Village” at Nell Bank in Ilkley.

Nominated by Yorkshire Society