A Great Success!

Nearly £2,000, including Gift Aid was raised by York Professionals at the recent Annual Dinner, held at York Racecourse. The monies were in support of fellow member Catherine Adamson's mammoth fundraising in aid of The Island and SASH, two local York charities supporting vulnerable young people.

York Professionals member Catherine Adamson, from Kaleidoscope Virtual Assistant Services, walked the entire length of the Cleveland Way (109 miles), wild camping along the way, to raise money for two local charities - 'The Island', which supports vulnerable young people and SASH, which works to prevent youth homelessness.

Catherine was motivated to embark on her mission to mark her tenth anniversary in business and also wanted to give something back to the community and some charities close to her heart. Several years ago Catherine and her husband adopted two children, but sadly it didn’t work out. The couple felt the children were in desperate need of more professional support for past trauma and mental health issues which simply wasn’t available to them. After a two-year adoption process, the couple had to make the agonising decision to end the adoption. Catherine now wants to make sure other people avoid the heartbreak they encountered by supporting local charities offering help to young people.

Pre-dinner speaker Declan Curry, journalist and broadcaster, offered to donate his fee to the worthy cause. This will be added to monies raised on the night through a charity tombola with a selection of fantastic prizes donated from the city’s hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to help Catherine achieve her ambitious target.

Catherine said: “I was overjoyed to find out that York Professionals were supporting my challenge, raising £10,000 for two York charities.  Every penny I raise directly enhances the lives of the children and young people that the charities help, and I was blown away by York Professionals generous support – it will make such a difference!”

Anne Taylor, Chair, York Professionals said: "York Professionals is delighted to support Catherine’s bold endeavour. What better way to raise awareness of these two great charities than to support this fundraising effort through our main event of the year – the York Professionals Annual Dinner."

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