Charity fund’s big gift to local good causes

YCH Staff Charity Fund Cheque Pres 2015.'Yorkshire Coast Homes staff member Danny Hayhurst (centre) with his wife Helen (left) and daughter Tia presents a cheque for �1500 from the YCH Staff Charity Fund to St Catherines Hospice Fundraiser Louise Gravestock.
YCH Staff Charity Fund Cheque Pres 2015.'Yorkshire Coast Homes staff member Danny Hayhurst (centre) with his wife Helen (left) and daughter Tia presents a cheque for �1500 from the YCH Staff Charity Fund to St Catherines Hospice Fundraiser Louise Gravestock.

Eleven local and national charities have each received a £1,500 windfall thanks to the fundraising efforts of Yorkshire Coast Homes staff.

The proceeds from a wide range of fundraising events and activities, run throughout the year by employees, are distributed annually to a number of deserving causes chosen by the staff members themselves.

Beneficiaries of the 2015 charity fund distribution included: Cancer Research; RNLI; Young Epilepsy; Ellie’s Fund; Alzheimer’s Society; Macmillan Cancer Support; Yorkshire Air Ambulance; St Catherine’s Hospice; Help for Heroes; Leukaemia Research (Bloodwise) and Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind.

All the cheques were presented by Yorkshire Coast Homes staff members, some of whom had personal reasons for wishing to thank the chosen organisations.

Tradesman Pete McGeown chose to hand the RNLI donation to Scarborough Lifeboat’s coxswain Tom Clark to mark the valiant efforts made by the inshore lifeboat crew in their attempt to save Pete’s son Andrew, who got into difficulties after going into the sea to rescue his dog.

Painter and decorator Daniel Hayhurst opted to hand a £1,500 cheque to St Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser Louise Gravestock in recognition of the care that his father in law had received during his stay at the Hospice.

Daniel’s wife Helen had so wanted her dad to be at her wedding to partner Daniel that they organised the whole thing in just 11 weeks.

Saint Catherine’s had offered to take dad Stephen Elvidge to the ceremony, but shortly before the wedding he took a sudden turn for the worse.

He died in the hospice only days before the wedding, aged just 44. “We just wanted to come back and say thank you,” Daniel said.

Shaun Tymon, Yorkshire Coast Homes chief executive, said: “This is the third consecutive year that the annual total raised within our staff charity fund has been distributed to deserving causes, both nationally and within our own area.

“The total amount raised continues to grow as our staff members add ever more productive and creative fund raising events and activities to their calendar. I think the enthusiasm of our staff members for their Charity Fund helps to illustrate the commitment that everyone in our organisation shares for improving lives and opportunities across our communities.”

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