Making a difference

We actively encourage, empower and support everyone in our team to use their skills to make a difference to the communities in which we live and work.
Everyone has the option to spend a day every month volunteering for a charity or cause close to their heart. As a business, we actively support employee-volunteering charity York Cares with pro bono media relations, and often roll up our sleeves and get our wellies on to take part in their Big Community Challenges in and around York.
From our annual Christmas charity donation to walking the Three Peaks to findraise for charities nominated by team members, we make sure our business does its bit to support the local community. 
Walk the Walls
Joining Edgar the Elephant to support and promote the York Mind York Walls Walk
York Cares charity
Getting stuck in: York Cares employee volunteering

Annual charity donation

Each year, our team nominates a local charity for a Christmas donation from the company, and we have supported a variety of local projects, people, charities and causes over our 35 year history.
1989       Deep core well, Bhola Island, Bangladesh
1990       Tapped water system, Nepal
1991       Children in Care, Christmas party, Leeds
1992       Emergency aid to Somalia
1993       The Candlelighters children’s charity
1994       Braille Christmas letters to children, R.N.I.B
1995       VSO volunteer for a year in Indonesia
1996       Lidgett Grove special school and
1996       Food parcels to the homeless in York
1997       York Against Cancer and
1997       York Women’s Aid Refuge
1998       VSO volunteer teacher for a year in Pakistan
1999       The Candlelighter’s Trust
2000       Woodlands Respite Care Centre
2001       Kikamoee Primary School, Kenya and 
2001       Community Centre, Pune, India
2002       York Nightstop
2003       Urological Reconstruction Fund and 
2003       Romanian Children Charitable Trust
2004       The Cookridge Cancer Care Centre and 
2004       Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation 
2005       North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre
2006       When You Wish Upon A Star,
2007       Multiple Sclerosis Society, York 
2008       Stroke Association
2009       York Against Cancer
2010       Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital
2011       Home Start York
2012       Inspired Youth
2013       Speakability
2014       York Mind
2015       Ordnance Lane Hostel
2016       SASH
2017       York Foodbank 
2018       York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
2019       Martin House Hospice
2020       Martin House Hospice
2021       Cash for Kids Mission Christmas
2022       Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS)
2023       Alzheimer's Society
York Blind Society
York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPSS)
Martin House Hospice donation
Martin House Children's Hospice