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Yorkshire businesses back “Extravaganza” supporting homeless into work

Tracey Hopkins and Chris Sylvester

An annual fundraising event organised by a HR, employment law and health and safety firm to help get people who have lived on the streets back into employment has secured the backing of several Yorkshire businesses.

Leeds based housebuilder, Erris Homes, and Huddersfield based design agency, The Design Bank, have been announced as headline sponsors for the 2019 Music Extravaganza, organised by Cleckheaton based Howarths.

Sovereign Wealth and Jigsaw Commercial finance brokers and Aura Print, all based in Huddersfield, have also been announced as silver sponsors for the event which takes place on 8 November at The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

The Howarth Foundation works with a growing number of businesses across Leeds and Kirklees to secure employment or training opportunities for individuals that have experienced addiction and homelessness.

Since launching in 2017, the family-run charity has supported around 15 people back into work at businesses including Leeds United Football Club, Ringways Motor Group and The John Smith’s Stadium.

Tracey Hopkins, finance director at Howarths, said: “Our annual Music Extravaganza has become a much-anticipated date in the calendar, and we have already sold over 200 tickets. We are delighted to have five generous, local businesses on board sponsoring the event as it marks its fifth year.

“Guests will be treated to music from brass funk band, Twisted Tubes, who’ll be playing a mix of classics from Whitney Houston to Dua Lipa, and performances from Underneath the Covers duo: Kath & Sam who will provide a unique take on favourite pop songs! We also have our silent auction and signature balloon pop with a prize raffle. It really is an excellent opportunity for businesses to put on their dancing shoes and raise funds to help continue the life-changing work of The Howarth Foundation.”

Chris Sylvester, a former client of The Howarth Foundation who has battled drug addiction and living on the streets, now works as a business and client coordinator for the charity. He said: “Support from businesses is invaluable in helping us fulfil the Foundation’s mission to get people back into work and making a positive contribution to society through steady employment or training.

“I think society as a whole benefits massively from what we’re involved in and what we’re promoting. We can help solve a lot of problems if we come at them from a business perspective.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased by emailing tracey@howarths-uk.com or calling 01274 864999.

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