The groups supported by Tracy Brabin as her charities of the month in 2019 are listed here.
August and September – Rainbow Baby Bank
This great initiative is run by a small group of volunteers in Heckmondwike, providing essential items for families with babies and young children ranging from nappies and clothing right to prams and pushchairs.
For more information about the group, visit its Facebook page here.
July – Friends of Wilton Park
The Friends of Wilton Park are a group of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the the park for the good of the community.
More information on the group and what they do can be found on their Facebook page here.
June – Escayp (Emotional Support for Children and Young People)
Escayp is a brilliant, independent local organisation offering a supportive, empathetic environment for young people to enable them to explore their issues.
For more information on their work, how the service can be accessed and how you can help, click here.
May – Batley Foodbank
Batley Foodbank provides a lifeline for those in our community who have fallen on hard times, with usage continuing to increase.
The foodbank, with it’s network of dedicated volunteers and the support it receives from generous individuals, businesses and organisations, has become a vital service in the constituency for those who are struggling to get by.
To find out more about how you can help, where to donate and what items the foodbank is in particular need of, click here.
April – Cleckheaton Sporting Juniors
Cleckheaton Sporting Juniors are a brilliant local football club offering children from the age of four upwards the chance to get involved in grassroots sport.
Running a local football club relies on volunteers and the goodwill of those involved so any support they can get is welcome.
You can find out more about the club here.
March – Downs and Special Friends
The Batley-based Downs and Special Friends support group has been set up by parents to provide support, guidance, run activities, meet-ups for childrens, siblings and parents of Down’s syndrome, Autism, Cerebal Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis and other life limiting diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities.
More information can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1770459513184609/about/
February – Batley Barracudas
My charity of the month for October is the fantastic Batley Barracudas – the junior team of Batley Octopush.
For those not in the know, the Barracudas and Octopush play underwater hockey and have won many prestigious prizes over the years.
It’s a great way to get young people to get involved in sport and fitness and has increased in popularity in recent years.
January – Howden Clough Juniors
My charity of the month for January is the fantastic Howden Clough Juniors Football Club.
The club, which has over 400 children playing across a range of age groups, is in desperate need of a new clubhouse as a base for the various teams.
Ben Chapman, the club’s vice-chair, said: “Howden Clough Junior Football Club would like to thank Tracy for her offer of supporting the club’s campaign to raise funds for a club house.
“Tracy’s support will help the club achieve its ambition of establishing a clubhouse that can act as a base for all our teams, supporters and visiting teams.
“We are very grateful if anyone wishes to support the club in this campaign can contact the club via our Facebook page”
The club’s facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/howdencloughjfc/