Comedian inspires Butterfly success

June 21st, 2016 - by Rachel Cotton

A teenage cancer charity, Butterfly Giving, topped the Foundation’s latest Golden Giveaway to win £5,000 after winning the support of comedian Jason Manford and many of his ONE MILLION social media followers.

We’re donating £20,000 to local community groups, charities and schools as part of our seventh Golden Giveaway – with Butterfly Giving winning the lion’s share after topping a public poll on our website.

Butterfly Giving, founded by Hannah Larkin when she was just 14, received thousands of votes in our most successful Golden Giveaway after Hannah asked Manford for his support.

The story was covered by the Gazette here: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/comedian-boosts-cancer-charitys-chances-11490431

15 charities were shortlisted by a panel of the Foundation’s patrons and each received a share of the lump sum. The rest of the money was distributed to the local causes as follows:

  • £2,500 to Remembering Rebecca – trips out for the siblings of disabled children with life-limiting conditions
  • £2,000 to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team – new casualty care equipment for volunteer team
  • £1,500 to Swift-Tees – leadership and coach training for running club with more than 200 members
  • £1,500 to Grangetown Netball – new kit and equipment for club featuring 200 players and coaches
  • £1,000 to Rosebrook ASD Hub – outdoor play equipment for children with autism
  • £1,000 to Scoil Rince I Muir – costumes and shoes for Irish dancers in Thornaby and Coulby Newham
  • £1,000 to Junction Foundation – activities for young carers across Middlesbrough and Redcar
  • £750 to JUST Juggling & Unicycling – gives local people the chance to participate in alternative activities
  • £750 to STAMP Revisited –training volunteer advocates to support those recovering from mental health, alcohol or other issues
  • £750 St Joseph’s Primary – healthy eating cookery classes for Loftus pupils and parents
  • £750 North Ormesby Over 50’s – trips out for the young at heart
  • £500 to Route 2 – working with men who have been the perpetrators of domestic violence
  • £500 to Kinship Carers, Middlesbrough – towards a Butlins holiday for 30 children and grandparents who care for them
  • £500 to Ladies of Steel – day trip and youth club equipment for Dormanstown kids

The cheques will be presented by representatives of the Foundation’s patrons at an event in the near future.

There will be another £20,000 Golden Giveaway held by the Foundation in the near future.

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