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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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SMileS support Princes Trust and C R Johnson

It’s always good to see a walking, or in this case running example of your work. C Richard Jackson from The Princes Trust is a keen runner and an even keener fundraiser for TPT.

SMileS recently entered a support relationship with the Princes Trust (more details soon) for which Richard visited our office in Golcar; we started talking about hobbies and interests at which time Richard mentioned his running and other fund raising activities.

In acknowledgement of our support for good causes, Richard said he would wear a ‘high-vis’ SMileS T shirt encouraging people to show support of the PT by texting PRINCES to 67777. Each incoming text enquiry triggers a ‘thank you’ response text and is also forwarded to the Princes Trust admin team to be followed-up.

So if you see Richard running around the Harrogate area, please try not to run him over (we need him) whilst you are texting PRINCES to 67777 (just joking … please drive responsibly).