Event to boost charity work

Sam Grundy (Charity Fundraiser for Kids Charity and Wakefield Olympic Torch Bearer) at a business seminar at Wakefield Town Hall. (W501D250)
Sam Grundy (Charity Fundraiser for Kids Charity and Wakefield Olympic Torch Bearer) at a business seminar at Wakefield Town Hall. (W501D250)

Businesses have been urged to leave a lasting legacy in their community by giving more to good causes.

A conference on charitable giving was held by Wakefield Council and Kids, a charity which supportS parents of disabled children.

More than 130 people attended last Friday’s event at Wakefield town Hall, where Express editor Mark Bradley was among the guest speakers, along with Ed Balls MP and Sam Grundy, from Kids.

Mrs Grundy, fundraiser for the charity, said: “It was all about encouraging businesses and community groups to work in partnership with each other.

“We wanted to encourage better charitable giving and we had some amazing feedback from the event.”

Kate Senter, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, Tim Craven, from social housing provider Wakefield and District Housing, and Shona Walsh, of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District, also spoke at the event.

A second conference is now planned for February. Mrs Grundy said it would help companies boost their role in the community through charitable work.

She said: “We are looking at running another event in response to some of the issues which were raised from the floor.

“It will be looking at how businesses can engage more, incentivise their staff and get more enthusiasm from the workforce.

“If we can keep up the momentum in Wakefield than I think this will benefit everybody.”

Anybody who is interested in getting involved in next year’s event can contact Mrs Grundy on 01924 379015.