Whitakers Chocolates, based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has chosen ‘Beefy’s Charity Foundation’ as its charitable cause of the year throughout 2016 and 2017.
The Foundation helps to fund specific projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges that young people face, including Brain Tumour Research & Support (BTRS), Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA), Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Whitakers Chocolates will arrange a series of fundraising activities throughout the year and will be supporting the ‘Ice Pole Ball’ in June in aid of JDRF.
William Whitaker, managing director at Whitakers Chocolates, said:
It is an honour to support Beefy’s Charity Foundation, which raises money for such an extensive range of worthy causes. We look forward to working with Sir Ian Botham and his team, and help to make a difference with the support we provide over the next two years
Our staff are keen to get involved in a range of projects and are already starting to plan their fundraising activities. Sales assistant Gemma Towell is hoping to cycle solo from John O‘Groats to Lands End in a week, carrying a tent which will provide her accommodation. So we are really looking forward to following her journey and giving her lots of support.
Whitakers Chocolates has already raised £30,000 for Beefy’s Charity Foundation from fundraising in previous years.
Last year Sir Ian Botham, who lives near Richmond, North Yorkshire, marked the celebration of his 60th birthday and his first walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985, which raised over £1m for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, with a 110 mile walk around South Africa.
Sir Ian Botham said:
’Beefy’s Charity Foundation’ supports serious issues and we raise money from a series of high profile events (and additional donations), but hav-ing the support of companies like Whitakers Chocolates does make a huge differ-ence and we really appreciate their help.
When we started working with Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research 30 years ago, there was a 20 per cent chance of survival in children, now it’s about 92 per cent, which is remarkable. To support these sort of inroads makes everything we do worthwhile.
You can support Gemma Towell by visiting justgiving.com/Gemma-Towell.