A charity set up by a Huddersfield architect firm has celebrated after raising £100,000.
All the money raised by Armitage Bridge-based One 17 Architects & Interior Designers through their One 17 Design Charitable Trust is now helping dozens of good causes from around the area.
Groups that provide opportunities for young people and those for people in need are the main beneficiaries of the fund, which was set up in December 2010 to help make a difference in the community.
And lucky recipients do not have to go through the rigmarole of filling in forms to be in with a chance due to staff going out on visits to see first hand what difference the money could make.
Amongst the organisations helped include several schools, who get sponsorship of extra curricular activities, awards, travel bursaries, design workshops, support for disadvantaged pupils and more work experience opportunities.
The trust, which is now a formal partner at North Huddersfield Trust School and Honley High School, has been made possible by the generous donations it receives from the firm’s associated companies and its clients.
Caroline Lee, One 17’s education co-ordinator, said: “We have certainly had our eyes opened to things that are happening in our area through the fund and have met some amazing local people.
“It not only improves our awareness of what good causes in the area are doing, but it also helps us to foster long-term relationships with the community.
“We want to ensure volunteers’ energies can be spent with the people they are supporting rather than filling in forms and have noticed that many smaller groups lack the necessary time or expertise to bid for
funding from larger trusts so have removed the need for application forms.
“It is a privilege to be able to support their work.”