Business diary: Saluting the breakfast club supported by Huddersfield Town

The Huddersfield Town Foundation won the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the prestigious Northern Lights Awards 2017.The Huddersfield Town Foundation won the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the prestigious Northern Lights Awards 2017.
The Huddersfield Town Foundation won the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the prestigious Northern Lights Awards 2017.
IF you want a child to shine at school, then it really pays to provide them with a breakfast every day.

Diary was delighted to hear that the humanitarian work of Huddersfield Town and its supporters has been recognised at a major awards ceremony.

Thousands of children in Yorkshire are getting their school day off to the best possible start thanks to the tireless work of Huddersfield Town and the club’s business partners.

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The football club, which is currently fighting to win a place in the Premier League, established the Town Foundation in 2012, after the club’s chairman, Dean Hoyle, decided that a concerted effort was needed to help local children achieve their potential.

In particular, businessman Mr Hoyle believed that many local schools would benefit from the work of breakfast clubs. The new clubs are making sure that pupils are full of energy at the start of each school day.

It’s easy for businesses and individuals to get involved with the Huddersfield Town Foundation.

You can make a direct cash donation to the foundation, in the knowledge that no administration or business costs will be taken from the fundraising pot. Once money is collected, it is used to fund projects that will benefit the young people of Huddersfield and the surrounding area, particularly youngsters who need the support most.

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Since its launch in October 2012 the foundation’s “early kick-off” breakfast club has served more than 500,000 breakfasts.

The Town Foundation saw off stiff competition to triumph in the Corporate Social Responsibility category at the Northern Lights Awards 2017.

Julie Sheffield, the fundraising manager at the Huddersfield Town Foundation, received the award on behalf of the charity at a ceremony which was held at the Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground.

Ms Sheffield told Diary: “It was a fantastic moment for everyone involved with the foundation, and really shows the good work we have been doing in our local community.”

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The Town Foundation is a previous winner of The Yorkshire Post’s own Excellence in Business awards.

Diary believes this may not be the last trophy to find its way into the foundation’s cabinet.

Vantage puts rescue wheels in motion

It’s easy to be deceived by Morecambe Bay’s beauty. The bay is the largest expanse of intertidal mud flats and sand in the UK, and many are keen to find out its secrets.

However, the bay is also notorious for its quicksand and fast tide which is said to come in “as fast as a galloping horse”.

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It’s no wonder that many travellers have come to value the work of Morecambe Bay’s search and rescue organisation.

The Harrogate-based motor retailer Vantage Motor Group is helping the search and rescue team to continue its life-saving work by donating a specialist, new all-terrain vehicle that can operate in the toughest conditions.

As part of a two-year sponsorship agreement, Vantage Toyota Morecambe is providing a Toyota Hilux to the Morecambe Bay Search and Rescue organisation to replace its aged Land Rover 130.

The rescue organisation was founded in 1999 and specialises in rescue and recovery from quicksand, floods, snow and inaccessible areas during extreme weather.

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Mark Robinson, the managing director of Vantage, said: “Our partnership with Morecambe Bay search and rescue represents our commitment to the Morecambe Bay area and we couldn’t think of a better cause to support. The team at Morecambe Bay search and rescue do an incredible job, attending more than 50 rescue missions a year. Their work saves lives and we are proud and delighted to be able to help them.”

Paul Calland, the deputy station officer at Morecambe Bay search and rescue, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Vantage for helping us on our mission to make the area around Morecambe Bay a safer place.”