Charity Fundraiser of the Year
Many charities and good causes are helped by the fundraising efforts of generous supporters.
Some raise money for different charities throughout the year, while others focus a particular charity because it is close to their heart.
But each charity is helped massively by the money raised by such people.
The Barnsley Hospice is no exception.
It provides essential support, symptom management and end of life care for adults in Barnsley who have life limiting illnesses.
Whilst this care is provided for free to patients and carers, it is not free to provide.
Diana Gibson, the hospice’s patient services director, said: “I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Barnsley and those who give up their own time to raise money for us. The diversity in the way people raise funds never ceases to amaze me. From huge physical and personal challenges to cake sales and dress down days, every penny raised makes a huge difference to the care we can provide.
Without the support of fundraisers we would not be able to afford to run many of our services, meaning hundreds of people every year would not be able to get the end of life care they want, need and deserve. Every act of fundraising, however large or small ensures we can be there to help the people who need it most.”
Fundraisers for all charities and good causes can be nominated in this category, not just those associated with the hospice.
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.
Norbert Dentressangle operates four sites around South Yorkshire employing over 2,500 people. Located here in 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.
Although you may guess from the name that Norbert Dentressangle is a French company, they are also a leading UK employer with the biggest concentration here in South Yorkshire.
People all recognise the red lorries, but not necessarily what services Norbert Dentressangle offer. 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.
Norbert Dentressangle started the company in 1979 and he is still involved today. This personal touch means that they place a huge emphasis on their people. This investment in people locally 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.
Along with ASOS, Norbert Dentressangle also supports many local community based initiatives and will be investing in 30 young apprentices this April.
It is this local touch which Andy Hague, innovation director for Norbet Dentressangle, 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.”