Dixon Group Foundation hands £12k boost to trio of good causes in Hull

THE Dixon Group Foundation is thrilled to have successfully turned miles into smiles by handing three good causes in Hull a massive financial boost.

In a heartwarming display of community support, our staff members managed to successfully collect £12,000 in donations after staging a variety of fund-raising initiatives during the last 12 months.

To help swell the coffers, Rob Bartle, Gareth Myers and Lisa Wood all pulled on their trainers to take part in 5k May, running 5k every day for 31 days, before being joined by Ria Jones and Managing Director Martin to complete the gruelling Thames Bridges Trek – a 25km walk through the Capital.

Other staff also took part in a Charity Golf Day and various office games, before welcoming a host of clients, suppliers, friends and family to our charity Race Night, with Sam Corlyon rounding off the fund raising by completing the Couch to 5k charity run.

Having collected thousands through this host of activity, we were thrilled to welcome Little Victories in the Community, Andy’s Man Club and SEED to our Hull HQ for the cheque handover, with each organisation receiving £4,000.

SEED, which helps individuals with eating disorders, were delighted to receive such a welcome financial boost.

Secretary Marg Oaten MBE and her husband Dennis, Treasurer, who founded SEED in 2000, were in attendance and expressed their gratitude. Chief Operating Officer Gemma Oaten, the former Emmerdale and Coronation Street actress, also joined via video link to convey her appreciation for the ongoing support.

Gemma said: “Fundraising is always an issue for us and we often wonder where the next injection of money will come from, so the effort you have all put in really does mean a lot. It will help make a big difference to the life of someone who desperately needs our support.”

For Andy’s Man Club, where between 120 to 150 men currently attend sessions every Monday night across five regional locations, our financial support should help to make a life-saving difference.

Sean Gill, the charity’s Regional Area Lead, proudly received the funds which he said could help pay for 8,000 cups of coffee, a simple yet powerful gesture that will go on to facilitate crucial conversations in the ongoing quest to prevent male suicide.

Little Victories in the Community, a sports club for children with Cerebral Palsy, was represented by its dedicated team of volunteers, including Director Kat Day and coaches Shaun Grantham and Steph Atkinson, and Carolyn Croft. Sophie Bartup, Founder of the Community Interest Company (CIC), also joined via video link and said the donation would help secure the club’s future for at least the next two years.

Having grown from five to 25 registered players since its inception in 2022, Little Victories provides a space for children to play sports and also offers vital support for parents who are facing similar challenges.

A beacon of hope for all of the families who use its services, the club were thrilled to receive the £4000 boost and Carolyn said: “Our group is like a family and we are incredibly grateful to receive such a massive amount of money.

“We are not just a place where children with Cerebral Palsy can come together to play sport, we are a support network for all their parents, who can chat freely with people who face the same issues as they do on a daily basis.

“It’s nice to come together with people who can empathise with your situation and this money will help us provide the resources to help many more families.”

Discover more about our good causes

SEED - Eating Disorder Support Services
Little Victories in the Community
Andy’s Man Club

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