The team at Yates’s on Silver Street in Halifax has raised over £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust in the last year. The management team and staff at the pub were inspired to raise money following the death of a close friend who frequented the pub.
Money was raised for the charity in a variety of ways. The team organised charity raffles on busy nights with their Halloween Auction raising £3000 in one night; took part in the Leeds 10K run and completed a three-day hike over the Yorkshire Dales, as well as encouraging customers to drop in any loose change into the collection buckets after they had bought a round of drinks.
Martin Norris, General Manager of the Yates’s said: “We count our collection pots every Monday morning to see how much money we’ve raised over the week, so we were over the moon to find out that we’ve reached our target of £10,000. The support from our customers has just been incredible and we’d like to thank them for their generosity – we simply couldn’t have done it without them and the support of our friends and family who sponsored us in various events.
“We originally set ourselves a target of £5000 but when we reached that after just six months, our area manager for the Stonegate Pub Company, the company that owns and operates Yates’s as well as other pubs and bars across the country, encouraged us to aim high and raise £10,000.
“In addition to the local companies who have supported us, we have also had support from Stonegate who have encouraged suppliers to donate auction prizes for all the events we’ve held. They’ve even used their own personal contacts to source prizes with one of the company’s training managers using her contacts at Leeds Utd Football Club to get signed shirts and balls for one of our events.
“We are just so pleased that we’ve raised this money and feel it is a fitting way to celebrate and commemorate our friend’s life and hope that it will help others who may find themselves in a similar situation.”
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. They want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.
Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience.