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Charities give thanks to TL Dallas for £100,000 centenary fundraising endeavour

Charities across Yorkshire and beyond have given their thanks to TL Dallas, one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, after it raised £100,000 to help them to continue to provide expert care and support into 2020.

2019 was a landmark year for TL Dallas, as it heralded its 100th year in business. To celebrate this momentous occasion in its history, the firm pledged to raise £100,000 over the year for charities including The British Heart Foundation, Candlelighters, Mind in Bradford and Sedbergh Community Foundation.

TL Dallas smashed its fundraising target through hosting activities such as the roaring 20s themed centenary ball, a team skydive and a sponsored cycle ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The money raised will enable The British Heart Foundation to continue to invest in its lifesaving research, enabling it to find new and better ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and cure heart and circulatory diseases.

Sue Green, Fundraising Manager at The British Heart Foundation, said: “Thanks to the generosity of the public and our corporate partners such as TL Dallas, the BHF funds ground-breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.”

Candlelighters will use the funds raised by TL Dallas to continue their work providing financial, emotional and practical support to children and families affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire, as well as hosting festive activities for these groups over the Christmas period.

Natalie Kisby, Head of Family Support at Candlelighters, said: “Everyone is so grateful for the incredible support shown by TL Dallas, helping us to make our work possible. Thanks to the donations of our generous supporters, Candlelighters can continue to host many different activities at our support centre, targeting those who are most in need.”

For Mind in Bradford, TL Dallas’ donations will ensure the continuation of its wellbeing sessions, offering a safe environment for clients to find practical ways to manage their mental health, as well reducing social isolation and allowing attendees to benefit from peer support.

Aanika Dhillon, Fundraising & Development Manager at Mind in Bradford said: “The generous donations we have received from our partnership with TL Dallas have helped us to make sure we have a team of trained practitioners to lead these programmes, offering expert, experienced and compassionate support to people who are learning to manage their mental health struggles and find wellbeing.”

The money raised for Sedbergh Community Centre in Bradford will be used to enable the centre to continue delivering services to the local community. Thanks to TL Dallas’ generosity, the centre has introduced additional activities to help reduce social isolation among the older demographic, in particular by offering a new weekly gentle exercise session in partnership with Sportsworks Yorkshire. These sessions have already seen a 20% increase in attendance.

Michael Buck, chairman of Sedbergh Community Centre, said “TL Dallas are a well respected local company who make a determined effort to help and support local charities. The kind donation they have already made to Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre has enabled us to continue helping local residents of all ages.”

Polly Staveley, Managing Director of TL Dallas said: “What better way to celebrate our centenary year than by raising over £100,000 for charity. The chosen charities were handpicked by our staff, due to the invaluable work that they do both nationally and within our local community. We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts into 2020 and beyond.”

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