Fund-raising fun for Children in Need

SOCIAL enterprise Paperworks has been working with BBC Children in Need in the run-up to tonight’s television fundraiser.

It was awarded a contract to assemble baking and fundraising kits for this year’s campaign, providing work for its trainees who all have learning disabilities and health problems which could prevent them from working.

Manager Damien Handslip said: “It’s fitting that an initiative which supports young people with a wide range of needs and disabilities chose Paperworks to fulfil the contract.

“Our prime objective is to support people towards employment, often following injury or ill health, and there is a clear synergy between our ethos and the objectives of BBC Children in Need.”

The charity was launched in 1994 and last year became the first in North Yorkshire to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. It works with SMEs to provide business support services such as direct mailing, printing and order picking and has recently secured repeat work for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Mr Handslip said the fact that Paperworks was able to meet the demands of high profile clients meant it could continue to support people trying to enter the job market - and could even expand in the future.

He added: “We have been operating successfully in Harrogate for 17 years offering work preparation programmes and basic skills training and thanks to this piece of work and others like it we are currently investigating the potential for a second site in Leeds.”

AN EVENING of entertainment will be held at the Alexandra in Harrogate tonight, in aid of Children in Need.

Donations on the door, bidding for songs and a raffle will all help boost the coffers, while The Directors will be providing live music.

A HARROGATE-based company will be featured on tonight’s Children in Need programme on BBC1.

EnviroVent took part in a special edition of DIY SOS: The Big Build, helping refurbish the Norris Green Youth Centre in Liverpool.

The project, which could have cost around £1m, relied on the generosity and support of companies such as EnviroVent, which manufactures ventilation. It donated and installed the ventillation system for the 1,800ft sq site, with installations director Darren Chadwick and installations managers Alan Bradbury and Clark Stanley-Jones sent to the site to help with the work.

Darren said: “I am really proud that EnviroVent has been involved in a project that will have such a positive impact on the local community.”

The feature will be shown as part of tonight’s Children in Need programme on BBC1, beginning at 7.30pm.

SCHOOLS, businesses and organisations across the district will be raising money for Chidlren in Need today. Tell us what you have done and how much you have raised by emailing with full details and a picture.

We will publish as many of your stories as we can in next week’s edition.