H&H Group Reveal Chosen Charities for 2019

17th April 2019

After in depth discussions  involving directors and members of staff from across all divisions, the H&H Group announces that its chosen charities to support for 2019 are Mind and Cumbria Community Foundation. These two charities have been selected by the group because they support causes which are important to customers, staff and local communities in the areas in which they work.

Each year, H&H Group raises thousands of pounds for its selected charities and they aim is to continue this success. During 2019, staff from the Group’s seven operating companies across the North of England and Scottish Borders will take place in a wide range of fundraising activities, some of which include a Dragon Bay Dragon Boat Race (7th July), a Bake Off and a Quiz Night later on in the year.

On announcing the charities for 2019, Richard Rankin, CEO of H&H Group, said: “We specifically chose Mind and Cumbria Community Foundation as they each support the concerns faced by many people throughout Cumbria or working within our own companies. Here in the H&H Group we place great importance on mental health issues, and in raising money for Mind we know that it will go directly to those individuals who need reliable advice and support, wherever they live or work. Cumbria Community Foundation supports hundreds of charitable projects each year in our local communities, and as one of Cumbria’s leading business, operating across the county, it is an obvious choice for us.

I am looking forward to working with our teams as we raise money in aid of these two very good causes, and hopefully also enjoying some fun and challenging activities.”

The mental health charity Mind provides advice and support to those who need it throughout England and Wales. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health problems. Mind has a network of 130 ‘Local Minds’ across England and Wales, providing help to those who need it most, and care based on the needs of the community.

Karen Bolton, Head of Community & Events fundraising for Mind, said “We’re really grateful to H&H Group for choosing Mind as their charity of the year. It’s great to hear about some of the fantastic ways staff intend to raise money for Mind. Every penny they raise through their efforts will fund Mind’s vital work including the Mind Infoline, our advice services and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.”

Cumbria Community Foundation, founded in 1999 and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is an independent local charity that seeks to recruit people and organisations wishing to invest in the local community. Since 1999, thanks to the generosity of its many fundraisers, more than £42 million has been awarded in grants to groups and individuals, providing a means to make a difference to the most disadvantaged.

There are at least 6,000 such groups who have benefitted in Cumbria. As part of its anniversary year, the Foundation hopes to raise £250,000 for the Fund to enable even more groups to do what they do best – helping improve lives.

On hearing they were chosen as one the 2019 charities, Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said:

“We’re incredibly grateful to H&H Group for their continued generosity, especially during our 20th anniversary year. We have been supported by H&H Group for many years – they were our very first corporate member in 2002.

“The money raised throughout the year will help us to continue to strengthen communities in Cumbria and improve the lives of our county’s most vulnerable.”

Across the companies during 2018, a total of £8,000 was raised, which was donated to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and the British Heart Foundation.

The H&H Group, based at Borderway Mart Carlisle, operates as a holding company with its seven successful operating companies encompassing Livestock and Machinery Auctioneers; Brokers and Valuers; Estate Agents; Auction Rooms; Commercial Printers; Chartered Surveyors; and Insurance Brokers. It has offices throughout the region, from Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.