This June, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting two 100 Club events for our fantastic Leeds and Bradford supporters. Taking advantage of the rare Summer weather, both events embraced the outdoors, complete with a BBQ and rooftop terrace.
Getting in the Summer spirit
Kicking off our Summer series of events was our Bradford 100 Club BBQ held at Shine West Bowling, at their base in St Stephen’s Church which has benefited from grants given out from the Foundation. The event was kindly sponsored by Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) who are one of the latest businesses to support our work in Bradford.
Tanya Jackson, Head of Corporate Affairs at YBS said: “For Yorkshire Building Society, supporting our communities has always been really important and that never changes.
“We believe we’ve got a duty to really support the communities where our colleagues live and work and sometimes the best way to do that is collectively with other organisations, so the Foundation is an absolutely brilliant way for us to do that.
“It’s totally awe inspiring and humbling to come here and see the work Shine are doing – the number of classes they’ve got, the activities they have.”
The following week saw RSM host our Leeds 100 Club summer drinks at their city centre rooftop terrace.Treating us to panoramic views of Leeds, guests were also welcomed by RSM’s very own staff choir who performed a wonderful repertoire of songs, with the rest of the evening’s entertainment led by DJ Sharan, a young local person who is part of community organisation, Getaway Girls. Through a Leeds Fund micro grant, DJ Sharan was able to acquire her DJ equipment, both investing in her talent and enabling her to teach DJ skills to other young people.
Celebrating our community impact
Both events saw businesses and third sector representatives meet to celebrate the impact made across both Leeds and Bradford and it was fantastic to be able to say thank you to so many of our new and longstanding 100 Club supporters.
As Kate Hainsworth, the Foundation’s CEO, said:
“Always remember how you as individuals and your organisations play a vital role in supporting the local communities where you and your employees, live, work and play. In order for our city to thrive we all need to ensure communities do not get left behind creating despair and wasted lives on one hand, and an impossible poverty gap that creates tension and conflict.
Lasting change for communities requires consistent concerted focus. That’s what this 100 club represents – consistent concerted effort, working together to make a real difference.”