An annual fundraising event founded by a West Yorkshire HR and employment law company has raised more than £7,500 towards helping place homeless and recently homeless people across Leeds and Kirklees back into employment.
Howarths People and Safety Management raised £7,525.16 at its third annual Howarths Music Extravaganza on 24 November at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield.
The funds will be used to support the work of The Howarth Foundation, the homelessness charity launched by Howarths in February this year.
Its ‘Business Building Futures’ programme works with an network of regional homeless charities to identify individuals ready to re-enter full or part-time employment across Leeds and Kirklees, before providing them with skills training or employment through local companies signed up to the scheme.
Andy Howarth, CEO at The Howarth Foundation, said: “Once again, our annual music extravaganza was a huge success, with over 250 people attending in support of The Howarth Foundation.
“Events like this are vital in order to raise the money we need to support homeless and recently homeless people through the Foundation, helping to get them off the streets, back on track and making a positive contribution to society. We sincerely thank every person who came along to help us raise over seven and a half thousand pounds.”
Guests at the event were treated to an evening of swing and soul music from Stirling Austin Band, as well as close-up magic from magician Darren Mac, a casino and a silent auction, and a three-course meal.
The Extravaganza follows a successful month for The Howarth Foundation, which saw the charity receive official backing from Leeds City Council and Leeds City Housing, and sign up its twentieth local business to provide skills training or employment as part of the programme.
Companies currently signed up to the Business Building Futures programme include Ringways Motor Group, Procter Bros Ltd, Leeds United Foundation and Vickers Laboratories Ltd.