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Charity Blog: 10 charities on our 10 year anniversary

13th December 2016

Jessica Aldersley

As 2016 comes to a close, we give a review of our 10 charities we've supported this year as part of our 10th anniversary

Comply Direct has many values as an established company, one of these is to continually support worthy, local charities and make a difference through what we do. Since 2006, Comply Direct has achieved remarkable success and become one of the fastest-growing compliance schemes in the UK, proudly maintaining a 99.9% member retention rate. Celebrating 10 successful years as a leading UK compliance scheme, we made it our objective to support 10 charities in our 10th year. Volunteering many hours, challenging ourselves and raising almost £3500 it has been an amazing year. Read our blog to find out more...


SELFA are a local children's charity based in Skipton delivering services to vulnerable, disabled and disadvantaged children. Comply Direct place a lot of importance on the work SELFA do, and it was clear to us that we would like to help out and raise money for SELFA as one of our 10 charities. We have supported SELFA for a number of years now, which has included a car wash day where we raised £1500 in 2015. This year, we decided that we would do a number of things for this local charity.

The first of these activities involved a team from Comply Direct volunteering in the summer, supporting a group of children from SELFA on a trip to Thornton Farm. Many thanks to Thornton Farm and SELFA for letting us be a part of their day out!

Click here to see pictures on our Facebook from the day

Find out more about SELFA here

SELFA & Yorkshire Animal Shelter - Joint Charity Day

In August, Comply Direct hosted a Charity Cycle and Cake Sale for SELFA and the Yorkshire Animal Shelter. Held at the Utopia, Broughton Hall, which holds amazing views, our event attracted a lot of attention from people passing by for lunch and word getting around that we were raising money. In line with the combined average of the men's and women's road race at the Rio Olympics, our aim was to cycle 200km in 8 hours. We smashed that and cycled a total of 250km! More importantly, alongside this and the cake sale, we raised £831.

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Click here to see pictures from the event on our Facebook page

Yorkshire Animal Shelter

The Yorkshire Animal Shelter (YAS) are a small rescue facility based in North Leeds. YAS offer a home to relieve the suffering of stray and abandoned animals and provide treatment for sick or injured animals. YAS rehabilitate, rehome and provide sanctuary for animals in need of care and attention and animals who can never be rehomed due to medical or behavioural issues. Their mission is to provide the highest standards of care to every animal during its stay at the shelter and to do all they can to find each one a permanent new home. They rely solely on donations which goes directly to the care of them.

Find out more about the Yorkshire Animal Shelter here

Children in Need

In November, the Comply Direct team had a PJ/Onesie day and cake sale, in order to raise money for this highly recognised charity. We raised £40.41. Children in Need do fantastic work for disadvantaged children all over the UK. They help children facing various issues such as poverty, abuse and disability. In addition to the famous annual Children in Need appeal night the charity also relies on companies like Comply Direct to support them via fundraising activities which enables them to issue grants to the causes in need of their services.

Find out more about Children in Need

Duke of Edinburgh

A member of Comply Direct staff, David Ryding, climbed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in August in support of The Duke of Edinburgh Charity. The 26 mile challenge was completed in 12 hours. The challenge raised £390 in total. The Duke of Edinburgh's Charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people, no matter what background they come from. It is The Duke of Edinburgh's ambition to give another two million young people in the UK this life-changing opportunity.

Find out more about this charity here 

Cancer Research UK

Two members of Staff at Comply Direct, Jessica Aldersley and Emily Rice, took part in Pretty Muddy in July to raise money for Cancer Research UK raising a fantastic £150. Money which is raised for Cancer Research UK, can help the charity massively in fighting cancer. The charity help save millions of lives in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. This charity's overall vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Well done to Jessica and Emily.

Click here to find out more about Cancer Research

Playaway Centre, Gargrave

A number of staff at Comply Direct spent the morning volunteering at the Playaway Centre in Gargrave, and took part in gardening. Thank you to the centre for letting us come for the morning to help! The Play Away Trust has established a safe purpose-equipped children's recreational, educational and residential facility for the young people of Liverpool and the Craven area of North Yorkshire.

Click here to find out more about the Playaway Centre

Cancer Support Yorkshire

Late summer three Comply Direct staff, Jessica Aldersley, Emily Rice and Melanie Harper, did a sponsored moonlight walk around Skipton to raise money for the Skipton Cancer Support. £70 was raised - a big well done!

Cancer Support Yorkshire do amazing work in providing a counselling service to people affected by cancer. 2013 saw them celebrate 25 years, and in September 2014, expanded to opening their new satellite centre in Skipton. By doing this, they are now able to offer a range of support to people in Craven, Wharfedale, surrounding areas and the Bradford & Airedale district.

Find out more about Cancer Support Yorkshire here

Riding for the Disabled

In March, a number of our team visited the Draughton Riding Centre and helped children with autism, got involved with tack cleaning which is done with the horse riders, helped make coffees, take pictures, videos, helped with game items, and also helped to put the tack and horses away.

Riding for the Disabled are based all over the UK, and have horses and ponies that give enjoyment to people with disabilities. This charity has been going for over 40 years and rely on voluntary help and donations. A big thank you to Riding for the Disabled for letting us come and help!

Click here to find out more about Riding for the Disabled

Our Annual Sporting Challenge 2016: Heart Research UK

Possibly the highlight of the year was the fundraising challenge for Heart Research UK. This was combined with our annual sporting challenge and proved to be an amazing achievement by everyone who took part. Among staff, we decided that we would walk the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis and in winter! Standing at 1,345 meters above sea level, this was no mean feat and so it proved when we did it! In icy conditions, typical for this time of year, armed with ice axes and crampons, we set off on our walk at 8:30am on Friday 25 November and finished the walk in 7.5 hours. The views throughout the walk were breath taking, and what was even more breath taking was the amount of money which was raised for Heart Research UK... £2,000!

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Want to find out more about Heart Research UK, and the work they do? Click here


Our final charity for 2016 is Candlelighters. Candlelighters, based in Leeds, do an amazing job for children battling cancer and help their families as well. Dawson's Department Store in Skipton have a 'Giving tree' this Christmas where people can take wrapped presents, and they are then passed to the children fighting cancer. Every member of the Comply Direct team donated a present which are being taken to Dawson’s this December.

You can find out more about them here

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to our charities over this year. We are very proud that we have managed to reach our goal of 10 charities and donate much time, raise a lot of money along the way, as well as many of our staff challenging themselves!

For more information on anything in this blog please call 01756 794 951. For more information about our charitable activities or to nominate a charity for Comply Direct to support please get in touch.