In a recent campaign run by fundraiser Jill Kirkham, each of our six teams in Bradford were given £10 each, and challenged to raise as much money as possible with it – collectively raising over £5,000.


The six teams involved in the campaign were pitted against each other in anticipation of seeing which could raise the most money. This clearly acted as a big motivator for the teams, as when the results were announced, they discovered that together they had raised £5,477.85! Each team also nominated an outstanding member for their efforts for special recognition.

The services came up with different and creative ways to raise funds for Hft, including a car wash, Jake’s leg wax, and Nisar’s sponsored slim in which he lost an impressive 18 pounds. There was also an award for the most innovative idea, which went to Maxine for her garden tools cleaning and sharpening service.

Jill was available to answer some questions regarding the campaign:

What do you think of the teams’ efforts?

I’m absolutely over the moon!  Everyone did brilliantly, even the smaller services that couldn’t join in as much made an incredible effort, and everyone has said how much they have all enjoyed doing it.

What impressed you most?

Definitely the coming together of the whole of the Hft Bradford team and the competitive spirit between them, as well as their efforts to include the people we support. I am incredibly proud of Sophie’s sponsored silence in particular, which raised over £200.

Are you planning to repeat the event?

The team has requested to do it every February, so it should become a yearly event. Some of the other managers are creating fundraising events in their areas which they have never done before. And as well as this, the campaign has inspired Keighley Services to run a live music event with fancy dress at the New Variety Club, which has also never been done before. I can’t wait to see it!

Get involved

If you’re inspired to help Hft’s fundraising team raise money that can be used to help people with learning disabilities to live the best lives possible, why not get involved?!