Cash pledge to boost community campaign

Wakefield Community Foundation. chief exectutive Shona Walsh.
Wakefield Community Foundation. chief exectutive Shona Walsh.

OUR campaign to keep cash-strapped community groups afloat has been boosted with a £5,000 cash pledge.

The generous support for the Wakefield Cash Giveaway appeal has come from property consultancy firm NPS.

The Express has teamed up with The Community Foundation for Wakefield District to launch the campaign after government funding for community groups was slashed.

We want to raise at least £50,000 by Christmas before grants are given out next year to support groups which help the vulnerable and needy in our district.

NPS, which is a supporter of the community foundation, has pledged cash raised from fundraising events by staff at its offices on Whistler Drive, Castleford.

Managing director Richard Hodgson said: “I have been overwhelmed by the staff’s efforts and enthusiasm to help raise funds for charity and contribute towards the company’s donation to the Cash Giveaway appeal.

“It is a result of good teamwork and a genuine desire to help those less fortunate and we will endeavour to continue our fundraising efforts.”

With government funding being slashed and community groups facing huge financial challenges, we are appealing for more companies to back the campaign.

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District, said: “Thanks to NPS for this generous pledge.

“Now we need more companies to help us give a cash lifeline to community groups facing closure. Please get in touch with us if you can help.”

Companies can donate to the appeal by cheque, bank transfer or by pledging an amount.

To donate, telephone 01924 239 181 or write to Shona Walsh, chief executive, The Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR.