TWO Bradford charities received an early Christmas present from the Telegraph & Argus – nearly £ 6,000 in total from our charitable cash donation.
The charity arm of our parent company, the Gannett Foundation, is providing £ 125,000 to support local charities across the country and we have asked T&A readers to decide where our share of £ 25,000 should be spent. Thousands of you have nominated local charities and a shortlist of eight local charities has been selected. The chosen charities in our district were Bradford Cinderella Club and Jacqui’s Million.
Throughout the month of November, readers collected tokens from our newspapers and sent them to collection points across the district. Each token collected was used to allocate the money.
The Bradford Cinderella Club – which helps poor children by funding things such as school trips, school uniforms, laptops and other equipment, and operates a property where young people can spend the night – received 3,842, £ 62. With 502 token votes, the charity obtained the second highest number of votes, with 15.37% of the regional total.
Spokesman Mike Conway said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that we won almost £ 4,000 in the T&A charity vote. Our thanks go to the Garnett Foundation and the T&A but also to the hundreds of supporters and friends of the Cinderella Club who voted for us.
“Our charity is currently delivering 1,000 shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts and toys to children and teens in Bradford, as well as organizations such as The Salvation Army, Bradford Social Services , BEAP and St Luke’s Hospital.
“A big thank you to T&A readers who took the time and trouble to vote for us. They can rest assured that every penny will go to help Bradford’s poorest children. ”
Jacqui’s Million, set up by a terminal cancer patient from Bradford, was awarded £ 2,112.68. The charity got 276 token votes, with 8.45% of the regional votes. The call, to raise £ 1million to fund equipment and home comforts at the Leeds Cancer Center, founded by Jacqui Drake, who suffers from stage 4 skin cancer.
Jacqui said: “This is wonderful news. I am delighted and I feel very humble. Many thanks to everyone who bought the T&A, filled out the slip and voted for Jacqui’s Million. It really means a lot to me, the hospital and all the cancer patients it helps. The funds will benefit so many on their cancer journey at Leeds Cancer Center.
That will bring the call total to £ 286,244 which means even more in these tough times. Future donations will be used to fund a grieving nurse for the center, this role is so important to patients and their families.