Morrisons supermarket donated £24,000 to set up the new Ruddi’s shop in Slaithwaite.
It’s now a vital source of income for the charity which needs to raise tens of thousands of pounds a year.
Ruddi’s Retreat assistant manager Vicki Green said: “The whole building needed a complete renovation which the massively generous grant from the Morrisons Foundation enabled us to do.”
Ruddi’s has been brilliantly supported by Zurich Community Trust to the tune of £25,000 over the last four years.
This has come from a three-year grant of £4,000 a year and in early 2020 we were given £4,600 towards garden furniture for the four caravans and during the pandemic Zurich contacted us to see how things were going. After we explained we had lost more than £80,000 in funding due to coronavirus, we were given a further grant of £5,000.
We are also honoured to be a part of the Zurich Challenges that happen in summer and Christmas.
During these challenges the staff at Zurich fundraise to buy items to complete their challenge brief. For example, for the last three years a group of employees have fundraised to buy gifts for our Ruddi’s Reindeers appeal which meant we could distribute gifts to more than 200 residents in local care homes.
This summer they fundraised to buy plants, pots, outdoor cushions and picnic accessories for each of the four caravans.
Ruddi’s assistant manager Vicki Green and businessman Jason Kane who owns Hire a Stair Lift Ltd raised £1,500 for Ruddi’s by braving a skydive in Bridlington.
Vicki, of Meltham, said: “The jump was like nothing we could ever have imagined, it is something that is completely unexplainable. To be 10,000ft up and be able to see for miles is an experience we will never, ever forget.”
One person who is absolutely committed to doing fundraising for Ruddi’s Retreat is 26-year-old Tom O’Neill from Crosland Moor who did 10,000 steps a day in just one month – he actually did way over that – to raise just over £1,000.
“Tom’s an absolute star,” said Ali. “He’ll do anything for the charity and is always keen to help us when we are putting on events. He has a heart of gold.”
Businessman Jason Kane, of Highburton, who owns Hire a Stair Lift Ltd (https://www.facebook.com/jay07824698875/) has pledged to make a donation of £50 per month to cover some of Ruddi’s costs to clean the caravans.
During the pandemic we sent out an appeal for donations and these organisations responded with very generous sums.
Christian charity The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation set up by multi-millionaire businessman Terry Bramall in 2008 gave £10,000.
The Edward Gostling Foundation which enhances the lives of people in need donated £5,000.
The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation which helps severely disadvantaged children worldwide gave £5,000.
Ella Kate, owner of Huddersfield-based EK Fitness Coaching and Kev Bower, owner of Linthwaite-based Northern Fitness Gym raised £135 by putting Kev through his paces on a mega ‘Payback PT Session.’
Kev and his Northern Fitness Gym (https://www.northernfitnessgym.co.uk/) staff and customers has been a huge supporter of Ruddi’s over the last few years and has been extremely generous with donations and support.
Three businesses have pledged to provide the essentials needed for the welcome packs for each family at our caravans.
Elland-based Debriar Ltd is an independent food service company that supplies the catering industry in the north of England with a complete range foods including dry, chilled and frozen, fresh fruit and vegetables, cleaning and hygiene products as well as a full range of confectionery, soft drinks, snacks and wine.
JL Brooks is based in Leeds and is a wholesale supplier of crisps, snacks, soft drinks, confectionery, pub and bar supplies.
One In A Million Free School in Bradford is a charity that works with children and young people through sports, the arts and enterprise. The charity uses formal and informal education to break cycles of deprivation and helps to shape young lives, valuing and celebrating every person’s uniqueness and letting them know they are ‘one in a million.’
West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd donated £2,000 towards a new heating/air conditioning unit for the Ruddi’s shop in Slaithwaite.
Huddersfield Common Good Trust donated £1,045 for a new cake oven.
Emma Campbell from Hopscotch parties in Marsh donated hundreds of pounds worth of toy and party bag items for our events. Some will also go in the welcome packs for the families staying in our caravans at Primrose Valley.
David Mosley, managing director at Trojan Plastics in Milnsbridge donated £100 to Ruddi’s to congratulate us on achieving our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The company is one of the largest manufacturers of acrylic baths in Europe and has been one of Ruddi’s Retreat’s longest serving business supporters.
Trojan has provided donations for events, sponsored pages in our annual charity dinner brochure and attended functions whenever they can.
In June 2020 Ruddi’s received these three donations.
£3,000 from the Souter Charitable Trust. This was set up by Sir Brian and Lady Elizabeth Souter for the relief of human suffering in the UK and overseas.
£1,000 from the Astor Foundation which supports medical research and several other good causes including children and the disabled.
£250 donation from Squire Patton Boggs which helps charities dedicated to helping children and the disabled.
The Old Farts Racing Club had its origins in 1993 when a group of somewhat mature racers met up to test their driving skills at the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Since then the members regularly meet to compete in various events, test their skills on tracks in the UK and Europe as well as visiting autosport events and museums.
They also have a desire to help seriously ill children to have happy times and a better future. As well as taking children and their families out in their super-cars the members help to support several small charities including Ruddi’s Retreat. They held one of their regular track days at Castle Combe in Wiltshire and one of their visitors kindly donated £200 to Ruddi’s Retreat.
The group has been a great support to Ruddi’s in recent years, most crucially during lockdown when all of charity funding stopped. The group is led by Dr. John Laycock and has over 100 members who each have ‘fart related’ nicknames.