Fresh Futures Sends a Big Thank You to All Of July’s Supporters

July was a fantastically busy month for all involved at Fresh Futures last month. Each day was filled with exciting achievements and developments across the charity. And none of it would have been possible without the wonderful support from the community, local businesses, volunteers, employees and beyond!
Today we would like to take some time out to say not one but TEN THANK YOUs to a wide array of Fresh Futures Charity supporters, who have been fundamental in helping us achieve so much. Here we go…

On 10th July, Daniel Todd from Proactive Code ran the Ilkley 1/2 marathon to raise funds for Fresh Futures. Proactive Code are the organisation that supported Fresh Futures with the creation of the new website that we have today, and it’s amazing that we have been able to continue working together since. Daniel raised a whopping £203.75 for the charity which will go towards providing vital services for our Children, Young People and Families.

On 17th July, a group of 27 walkers and three dogs took to the streets of Huddersfield for a 2.5 mile hike from Fresh Futures Brian Jackson House, up to the top of Castle Hill (and back down again!). It was a really fun day, and the walkers collectively raised a whopping £837.50 for YCC. A big thank you to everyone who took part, and who sponsored the walkers to help this run so successfully.

For this event, all refreshments were provided by AG Barr who sent us 48 bottles of water and 72 cans of Iron Bru. Refreshment bags were handed our to all participants at the start of the walk, and they were much needed as we walked up during heatwave weather. We were all very happy to enjoy a cold can of Iron Bru once we reached the top. THANK YOU AG Barr!

What’s more, the yellow t-shirts worn during the event were provided by IPrint Apparel in Huddersfield. Another very kind and helpful gesture came from IPrint Apparel, who gave the charity a large discount for the t-shirts. These Fresh Futures shirts were great at helping us raise our profile as we marched up the hill as one team.

This July, Fresh Futures also received a very important donation from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Following some employee First Aid training across all of YCC’s sites, it was brought to the attention of the Leadership Team that the charity and the communities in these areas, would largely benefit from having access to defibrillator machines. In response to this, WYFRS have provided Fresh Futures with funding through their Community Grant for FOUR defibrillator machines and cases to support the charity and local communities. The defibrillators will soon be installed outside Brian Jackson House, our two colleges, and the Jo Cox House community centre in Batley. Once up and running, they will be accessible to staff and members of the public by calling 999 or 112 and following the simple instructions.

On 22nd July, we posted our Amazon Wish list across social media. We were absolutely delighted when, less than a week later, we received a small library in the post! A big big THANK YOU goes to Dr Ellen Jackson (Daughter of the charity’s founder, Brian Jackson) for this wonderful gift. These have been taken to be shared across our Alternative Provision Colleges in Huddersfield and Heckmondwike for our students. These positive books, will help not only with their literacy skills, but to enhance their positivity, motivation and enthusiasm.

The 23rd and 24th July was a big weekend for YCC, as 5 brave walkers took on the 24hr National Three Peaks Challenge. Thanks to the amazing support from lots of sponsors, the walkers collectively raised £1447.02 for Fresh Futures which is outstanding!

As the month neared the end, we bid an emotional farewell to our Year 11 pupils of Brian Jackson College. The pupils completed two years in our alternative provision schools, broadening their knowledge and skills, building on their health and well-being, and growing into mature young adults. We couldn’t be prouder of these pupils for what they have achieved – especially given that this cohort also experienced the global pandemic whilst developing themselves. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has supported the college with donations of money, experiences and equipment over the academic year, and of course to the college staff who worked so hard to help get the pupils to where they are today!

On 26th July, Fresh Futures put out an urgent appeal for more Community Friends volunteers to help us meet the increasing need for lonely and isolated people around many towns within Kirklees. Thanks to your shares and comments on our social media, we reached thousands of viewers and have since seen a surge in the number of people looking to get involved. This kind of interaction on social media is invaluable. So THANK YOU to everyone who supported our social media appeal, and of course THANK YOU to those who have joined our Volunteer Family and those who have continued to volunteer over the months and years. We continue to have a great need for volunteers. If you are interested in learning how you could volunteer, don’t hesitate to speak with Lucy Martin:

01484 519988

[email protected]

Finally, a big thank you to YOU! For reading this post. The fact that you are here, keeping up to date with our charity means the world to us. We hope that you enjoy our news updates and if you would like to get involved with Fresh Futures in ANY WAY, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call us for a chat, on 01484 519988.

Thank You So Much: Spire Foundation

The Spire Foundation is a charity run by Spire Barristers in Leeds, and aims to support vulnerable adults and children, who have learning or physical disabilities, or have experienced the care system.

Fresh Futures has been working in partnership with Spire Barristers since 2021 and has been fortunate to receive two previous donations from them.

First some chairs to be used in our Huddersfield office spaces, and then with a generous donation of £250.00 towards our Christmas appeal.

In April, Fresh Futures were nominated by the Spire Foundation to apply for funding for two new laptops, to be used by the students within our alterative provision colleges. Fresh Futures were awarded funding and gifted two high quality laptops to be used by our cohort of 60 pupils.

The Headteacher of the colleges, Jacqui Green, said that; ‘The two laptops have not only been fundamental in helping our pupils work on their IT skills, but even more exciting, we have also been able to install adobe photoshop which is supportive in them completing their silver Arts Award and to engage in a coding course – something our students have really enjoyed and a good skill to take into the world of work when they leave us.

Pupils have been delighted to receive such special technology in the schools, and have taken the responsibility of caring for the equipment seriously and using it to its full potential. One pupil (pictured below with the new laptop) told us that; ‘The new laptop is…… it helps me when…… We are really thankful to Spire Foundation for thinking of us and we would like to invite them into our college so we can show them how we have been using them and what we have learned.’

If you would like to support Fresh Futures in any way, then please contact [email protected] and find out how you or your organisation could get involved to Improve Lives and Inspire Change.

Thank You So Much: Companies Donate Unclaimed Client Funds

Did you know that companies can donate their unclaimed client funds?

Unclaimed client funds are sums of money which lie dormant in client accounts of many solicitors and accountants, for years. It’s often the case that the rightful owner cannot be traced, a company has closed or they have failed to provide instructions on how the funds should be dealt with.

Unclaimed client account balances cannot be used for any other purpose, so they can be a burden on annual audited accounts. If your business holds funds in dormant accounts, then we would be delighted to receive them to help us support the children, young people and their families that need us – and we can provide a suitable indemnity for individual client amounts exceeding £500.

In April 2022, two incredible companies did just that.

Ramsdens Solicitors donated £484.13 in unclaimed client funds.

Holden Smith Law donated £374.32 in unclaimed client funds.

Fresh Futures would like to take this opportunity to thank both Ramsdens Solicitors and Holden Smith Law for their very generous donations – and for considering our charity to receive the funds. These donations will play a significant role in allowing us to broaden our reach and deliver a positive impact to even more families in need over the coming months.

Learn more about how YOU can donate your unclaimed client funds HERE.

YCC’s Young Onset Dementia Support Group Get Gardening!

The kind and enthusiastic team set to work on the garden space at Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield

Spring is officially here! And what better way to enjoy the weather and work on some mindfulness, than with a little gardening under a blue sky.

At the end of March, YCC’s young onset dementia support group did just that!

YCC’s Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield has recently restored a large garden area located at the front of the building, nestled in a quiet nook between the charity’s main entrance and the trainlines. The space has long been an overgrown storage area, but thanks to a lot of hard work from some volunteers at Forbes Solicitors, the space was transformed back in October 21 and is now a clear, open space that can be used by staff and service users alike.

Fresh Futures are still working on the space, to make it as beautiful and welcoming as possible – and are dependent on the support from local communities to do so. Over the past few months, garden furniture has been installed and the area maintained by more enthusiastic volunteers.

Fresh Futures welcomed the young onset dementia group to the garden, who did some amazing work with the new planters. The group helped to fill the planters with soil, in preparation for them being used for growing fruit and vegetables.

YCC’s Young Onset Dementia Group kindly volunteered their time to help transform the garden space at Brian Jackson House

Since October, the space has really become something special. Take a look at these before and after shots to see just how much hard work has gone into making the space accessible. It’s still a work in progress, but you can really see the potential the space has to offer.

Before (October 21)
Currently (March 22)

Fresh Futures are still looking for more keen volunteers to support the maintenance and/or development of the newly refurbished outdoor space at Brian Jackson House. Members of the public are welcome to volunteer their time on a one-off basis, or may also like to form a gardeners’ group that look after the space on a regular basis.

Fresh Futures are also looking to collect donations of gardening tools in good condition, that can be used within the space.

If you would like to learn more about the garden space at Brian Jackson House, please contact [email protected]

Thank you so much: Navy Professional

This January, Fresh Futures would like send a huge thank you to Rebecca Crawforth (Owner & Director of Navy) and her team at Navy Professional.

Navy is a professional beauty product supplier located in Bircotes, South Yorkshire.

In December, Navy selected Fresh Futures as their chosen charity and did some incredible work to raise awareness of the charity and raise money to help fund the services which we provide.

Throughout the festive period, Navy ran several incentives for YCC:

  • The first action was a sale of their Limited Edition Albert Bears, of which £5 from each sale went directly to Fresh Futures.
  • Secondly, Navy held an event, selling their Naf X Navy Cuticle Oil whereby 10% of all sales were donated to Fresh Futures.
  • Thirdly, Navy sent out a Christmas card with all of their online orders, which included our logo.
  • Finally, Navy held a super special Christmas event in Doncaster, which included a Christmas Grotto. All proceeds from this event were also donated to Fresh Futures.

Overall, Navy raised over £1,300.00 for the YCC, on top of the work they carried out to raise awareness of our charity through social media posts and Christmas cards.

To learn more about Navy, visit their website, or follow them on Instagram.

Thank you so much: Stowe Family Law!

Fresh Futures would like to send a huge thank you to Stowe Family Law for their very kind donation of £250.00; and to Tom Suttill for coordinating. Your donation is hugely appreciated by everyone at the charity!

Stowe Family Law told YCC; “We are proud to be supporting Fresh Futures with a donation towards their wonderful work improving the lives of children and their families in the Yorkshire region. We wholeheartedly recommend that other local businesses get involved wherever possible.”Stowe Family Law are a team of compassionate family solicitors with a strong track-record of success for clients in Huddersfield and Yorkshire. You can visit them here: