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Christmas Gifts at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

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SOMETIMES they end up in tears but volunteers at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust are aiming to brighten the Christmas of young people stuck in hospital.

The team at the Quay Street offices spend the whole festive period up to December 25 hard at work preparing gifts to send to young cancer patients in hospital.

And the letters and thank-you cards the charity receive back from the 13 to 24-year-olds can be very emotional.

Trust manager Pam Thornes told the Examiner of a particularly touching story from last year’s Christmas gift program.

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Code Blue and ME Consultancy set for KBC 2011 – Kirklees Business News @examiner

Code Blue and ME Consultancy set for KBC 2011 – Kirklees Business News in @examiner.




TWO communications companies have joined forces for this week’s Kirklees Business Conference.

Specialists in mobile communications, Code Blue Communications have partnered with landline/broadband providers ME Consultancy and will be exhibiting alongside each other at the day-long conference, which takes place on Thursday at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium.

Regulars at the Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy and the regional Yorkshire Mafia events, the two companies have spotted areas in which they can combine their resources rather than compete.

Mark Evans, managing director of ME Consultancy, said the link-up allowed both companies to offer a wider service, resulting in savings for both companies’ clients.

Russell Goldthorpe, of Code Blue Communications, said: “This event is an important part of our business calendar. We have a UK-wide customer base, but our headquarters is here in Huddersfield and we always enjoy the networking that KBC provide.”

Along with an exhibition, seminars and networking, Kirklees Business Conference will feature speakers including Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle, paralympic champion Simon Jackson, entrepreneur Kirsty Henshaw, Huddersfield University vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan and motivational speaker Nicky Pattinson.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – So Much More Than a Football Match


The Forget Me Not Children’s hospice have launched the ‘Much More than a Football Match appeal’. This is great chance for fans to help the hospice raise money through purchasing discounted tickets; which seems like a win win situation for both parties.

Huddersfield Town has given the hospice 2,000 discounted tickets for the game against Stevenage on the 8th October. And as you may have seen in the Examiner last week Town legend Andy Booth has been lending a hand to help encourage thousands of fans to raise funds for the hospice. Not only are town helping the hospice raise money but during half time at this match the keys for the hospice’s new building at Brackenhall will be handed over.

Hospice chief executive Peter Branson added: “We are extremely grateful to Town for their generosity. October 8 will truly be a forget me not moment for the whole community.”

We recently spoke with Kate Golding Partnership Development Manager at Forget Me Not about the appeal, here is what she said ”We have 2000 tickets to sell in total with proceeds going towards the Hospice fundraising efforts moving forward, so every ticket sale matters. The football match is a great opportunity for us as an organisation to prove our credentials as a long term charity partner, so your support in encouraging ticket sales is much appreciated.”

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and are available from the hospice’s office at Pennine Business Park in Bradley and the seven hospice shops. For more details about this appeal and purchasing tickets please take a look at the links below….

FMN A5 Town Leaflet            FMN A3 Town Poster

As a company (ME Consultancy Ltd) we’ve been actively involved in the development of the new hospice as we’ve installed the hospice’s new phone lines which has helped them save a great deal of money in the process. Peter Branson’s Twitter comment “Brilliant service from ME Consultancy – BT wanted to charge us £17k for phone connections, ME Consultancy reduced it to just over £1k. Thanks guys!”  We’re happy to have helped the hospice save money which can then be put to better use within the hospice to help them continue the great work they do and their fundraising efforts.  We’ll be there on the day they receive their keys for the new hospice building and can’t wait to see the building.  Below are some photos taken from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Facebook Page showing the development of the new hospice building; to see more photos from this album, visit their Facebook page.

SMileS funding helps to give Kirklees woman a brighter future







The Prince’s Trust is helping young people back into work in Kirklees after a generous donation of 18k to the youth charity.

This comes as more than one in five young people in Kirklees (23 per cent) are struggling to find a job. Across the district the number of young people trapped on benefits for more than six months has more than doubled since before the recession.[1]

Kirklees based text messaging provider SMileS SMS, has donated 18k to fund The Prince’s Trust Development Awards, which are cash grants of between £50 and £500, to help disadvantaged young people access work, training or education.

Annabel Ruddiman, 19, from Huddersfield, was unemployed before a Development Award helped her get a job at a local swimming pool.

Last year she was made redundant from a hair salon and spent the next six months searching for work without any luck.

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MYnetwork draws in over 60 people at its latest meetup @The Media Centre, Cafe Ollo

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Yesterday, we had this months ‘MYnetwork’ meet up the event was a great success with over 60 people turning up, which is the best meet up so far. Since the new name was revealed for the group the event seems to have picked up even more momentum and has drawn many new faces to the event. This is a great sign showing that the ‘MYnetwork’ group is going from strength to strength and is a beneficial networking group to be a part of. One new face at the meet up was Maxine from ‘Alexandra House Spa’ in Huddersfield. Alexandra house is a great local business within Kirklees and recently came runner up in the Examiner’s ‘Business of the Year Awards 2011’. ‘MYnetwork’ is all about getting business people together in a friendly and informal environment which helps bring contacts together and encourages local businesses to work together. Read the rest of this entry