Lasting Legacy Fund

To mark the YBS Group’s 150th Anniversary in 2014, we were proud to invite charities to apply for a share of £150,000 to help them support their community further.

From the hundreds of charities that applied, a shortlist of 30 charities was chosen by our Lasting Legacy Committee and we invited colleagues, customers and members of the public to vote for their three favourite projects to benefit from our Lasting Legacy Fund.

Voting was open from 13 to 31 October 2014 and we are delighted to advise that 15 charities have been chosen to receive a donation of £10,000 each to fund a specific project that will make a lasting difference to their community.

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Winning projects

Please see below the list of the 15 charities that received the most votes and will receive a donation of £10,000 each to support their community. If you would like to know more about a charity, simply click on their name and it will tell you all about how they will use the funds awarded.

Action for Asperger's


We offer a specialist counselling and diagnostic service for people who have been affected by autism or Asperger's syndrome.

We will buy a specialised trolley and sensory room items for our therapy room, and a specialist ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) toy box and software to help with the diagnosis of autism.

Location: Peterborough

Charity No: 1148790

Animal Healing Trust


Our aim is to rescue horses and ponies, as well as other animals, which have been neglected or mistreated and in need of protection.

We are going to upgrade the sanctuary to provide better facilities for the horses, by building them shelters in their fields, as well as offer Equine therapy to the public once the project is complete.

Location: Birmingham

Charity No: 1141356

Bag Books


We enhance the lives of those with learning disabilities through multi-sensory books.

With our £10,000 donation we will produce a brand new multi-sensory book for children and adults with learning disabilities with copies of the book being donated to each of the 47 special educational schools in Yorkshire.

Location: Yorkshire

Charity No: 1026432

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice


We care for and support children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and their families.

We are going to create an area within our gardens that would provide a peaceful haven for families to enjoy quality relaxing time together, with wheelchair access.

Location: Sheffield

Charity No: 1076958

Clear Buckhaven


We are ‘Community Led Environmental Action for Regeneration’ and work to improve the neglected post-industrial town of Buckhaven.

Involving local community volunteers and school children we will transform an area of wasteland by planting a 200 tree public orchard which will be accessible to all.

Location: Dunfermline

Charity No: SCO43573

East Hull Community Farm


We provide educational experiences of farm animals, growing plants and rural crafts especially for people with learning difficulties or mental health issues.

With our Lasting Legacy Fund donation we will convert an existing old classroom building into a woodwork workshop for people accessing the farm, providing workbenches, tools and equipment.

Location: Hull

Charity No: 1017056

Focus Birmingham


We provide quality support and advisory services to those suffering from visual impairment.

We are going to develop a fully equipped mock kitchen at our facilities to help people with sight loss gain a level of independence and emotional wellbeing, including a range of assistive technologies.

Location: Birmingham

Charity No: 1065745

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Limited


We were established in 1980 to provide services to inner city communities – we have grown over the years into a 24 acre site.

We are creating an outdoor classroom with a timber and fabric 'sail' canopy that would protect a seated area between our wildlife gardens and award winning educational centre.

Location: Leeds

Charity No: 510452

One in a Million


We provide sports and educational activities to children and young people from the seriously deprived areas in our community.

Our donation will provide a community allotment and education centre which will provide valuable health, education and enterprise opportunities for disadvantaged young people from our five inner city community based projects.

Location: Bradford

Charity No: 1122573

Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team

Rossendale and Pendle

We provide search, rescue and immediate treatment of missing or injured people (sometimes animals) in rural, suburban and urban locations.

We are going to upgrade our medical treatment equipment including splints, medical bags, stretchers and medicine to aid with the search, rescue and immediate treatment of those who need our help. Location: Rossendale and Pendle (nationwide work when required).

Location: Rossendale and Pendle

Charity No: 508209

Southern Domestic Abuse Service


We provide domestic abuse services to men, women, young people and children who are victims or survivors of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Our donation will enable us to re-furbish a refuge that we run in the Havant Borough for women and their children who have had to flee their home, which is part of the national refuge network, so that residents feel cared for and valued.

Location: Hampshire

Charity No: 1146773

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary


We provide comprehensive facility for the care and rehabilitation of owls from the region, and the promotion of owl conservation throughout the UK.

We are going to develop a sensory garden at the sanctuary, accommodating the needs of those suffering from sound and light deprivation with wildlife related braille boards and touch and sound exhibits.

Location: Ipswich

Charity No: 1086565

Trafford Mencap (formerly Sale & Altrincham Mencap)


We support people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, recognising and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual.

The Lasting Legacy Fund donation will provide a new suitably adapted minibus, enabling elderly and physically disabled members to access local community events and sporting activities.

Location: Trafford

Charity No: 226413

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust


We aim to complete restoration of the 65 mile Wilts and Berks Canal.

The £10,000 donation will enable us to repair a 200 year old brick culvert under the restored canal at Pewsham that has collapsed. This will re-water the canal which is popular with the local community and a habitat for wildlife.

Location: Chippenham

Charity No: 299595

Wirral Hospice St John's


We care for people with terminal illness, providing palliative care as well as supporting the families of those affected.

We are going to extend and improve our overnight facilities at the hospice, enabling families and friends to stay with their loved ones at critical times and providing additional support when needed.

Location: Wirral

Charity No: 510643


The charities were selected by our Legacy Committee from UK charities that applied for support through our Lasting Legacy Fund website, which was open for applications from 18 July until 5 September 2014.

The criteria for applications was:

  • Be a UK charity which; has been registered with the Charity Commission / Office of Scottish Charity Regulator for at least 3 years, has up to date accounts filed with the Charity Commission / Office of Scottish Charity Regulator, has an annual income not in excess of £5 million and is open to all and not biased to one sector of society based on ethnicity, religion, political belief or sexual orientation.
  • Submit an application for a specific project which has a tangible outcome and lasting benefit to a community within the UK that would be fully funded by our donation (salaries, administration and running costs cannot be considered).
  • Fit within one of the following sectors: Children, Elderly, Disabilities and General Public (as classified by the Charity Commission / Office of Scottish Charity Regulator).
  • Make no more than one application for funding from the Lasting Legacy Fund.
  • Agree to complete the project by the end of 2015 (approximately a year after receiving the funds) and provide regular updates to the Society on its progress until the completion.

Voting was open to all members of the public visiting this website. You could only vote once for your three favourite charities. Votes were only made online; we did not accept votes by any other method. Voting closed at midnight on 31 October 2014. We reserved the right to close this campaign at any time should circumstances change. Email addresses will be used solely for the purpose of verifying voters and will not be used for any other purpose by the YBS Group or any of its affiliates.

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