Charity Fundraiser of the Year
Trish Hall and her family were devastated when her son Daniel Binney died in June aged 19 from a rare bone cancer.
Knowing first hand how emotional, yet expensive, planning a funeral can be, she founded Dan's Helping Hand to help cover funeral costs for young adults aged 16-24.
Before his death, Daniel proposed to his girlfriend Emily Batty, and managed to walk his mum down the aisle at her wedding to Mark Hall.
Fighting back tears, Trish said: “I'm so proud, I feel a whole mix of emotions. There were people in this category who have earned it more than me, I've not done as much as they have. But without Daniel, this charity wouldn't be here.
“The charity is going to be registered in a couple of weeks and we've now opened a bank account, and people will be able to apply through Weston Park.
“I think Daniel would be proud, he was like that - always doing things for charity.
“His fiancée Emily and sister Natalie will be over the moon.”
Whether they have shaved off their once prized locks or cycled to Timbuktu and back again, our Charity Fundraiser of the Year might not necessarily have raised wads of cash, but they will have dedicated time to their cause and raised its profile.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- In what way was this person or group’s fundraising activity exceptional?
- Did they do something creative that raised the bar? If so, what was it?
- Why do they deserve recognition for their efforts?
- How much money did they raise?
- Have they raised the profile of their chosen charity or cause?
The judges will be looking for groups or individuals who have dedicated their time to raising funds for something that they believe in.
Our winner will be someone who has shown a dedicated, fun and creative approach to their cause that has inspired others, regardless of the amount raised.
XPO Logistics, which has now combined with the longstanding Norbert Dentressangle operates four sites around South Yorkshire employing over 2,500 people. Located here Barnsley is the company’s largest world-wide site, the ASOS operation in Grimethorpe. They also have a long standing relationship with Ardagh Glass (ex Redfearns) at Carlton.
XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, they are also a leading UK employer with the biggest concentration here in South Yorkshire.
They are a third party logistics and transport provider which means that they work on behalf of customers receiving, storing, picking and shipping their goods. This ranges from internet fashion, like ASOS, to Glass bottles, like Ardagh, through to ASDA, House of Fraser and Boots.
XPO have hugely invested in its people and at the ASOS operation has enabled over 100 managers to be upskilled on the Red Management programme, the long term unemployed being given a deserved chance, recruitment of 25 weekend part-time students and filling around 120 am and pm part-time roles particularly suited to working mums.
It is this local touch which Andy Hague, operations development manager for Norbet XPO, believes makes the difference: "Being one of Barnsley’s biggest employers we are determined to invest in our local talent to help sustain the incredible growth, currently around 40 per cent a year, that ASOS are experiencing. They are committed to the site for the next 15 years and we plan to continue to grow our talent pool from local people."
Andy added: "Both ourselves and ASOS are really pleased to support and to be involved in the Proud of Barnsley awards and to sponsor the Charity Fundraiser category."