To ensure that we constantly give back to society, our employees are actively encouraged to divide their time between work place duties and supporting Comply Direct's nominated charities.
The Comply Direct team are highly motivated and the desire to succeed ensures that the charitable activities that we organise and engage in are successful and contribute to the support and promotion of the aims of the charities which we work with. Over the years, we have raised funds for and volunteered with many charities.
Cancer Support Yorkshire & Reengage
Following the success of Comply Direct’s Tough Mudder entry 2017, we decided to get down and dirty for a second time participating in Tough Mudder Yorkshire 2019! Ten members of the Comply Direct team underwent a series of gruelling obstacles across 8 miles with one member of the team actually completing the challenge twice, participating the following day to raise money for two fantastic charities - Cancer Support Yorkshire and Reengage. The team raised a combined total of £1345.
Cancer Support Yorkshire do brilliant work in providing counselling services to people affected by cancer. Late Summer 2015 saw three members of our staff complete a sponsored moonlight walk around Skipton to raise money for the Skipton Cancer Support, raising £70.
Association for Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (Aspire)
In Autumn 2019 six members of the Comply Direct team participated in the Aspire Channel Swim where across 12 weeks the team swam the length of the English Channel (22 miles). We managed to raise £544.00 which will go towards helping support people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injury, supporting them from injury to independence.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
After visiting the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch in 2018 and holding our 2019 annual strategy planning day there, we wanted to further support their brilliant work. We have now sponsored a dog and cat pen to help many animals be cared for and re-homed. Currently in our pens, there is the lovely Labrador Baloo and Tabby cat Viv!
Cancer Research UK
On a lovely sunshine filled day in Preston (May 2019), four members of the Comply Direct team participated in the 10km run, raising money for Cancer Research UK. The ladies who completed the run were Jessica Aldersley our HR and Operations Director, Cherry Whittaker our Marketing Coordinator, Louise Bailey our HR & Finance Assistant and finally Melanie Harper. The ladies surpassed all expectations and ended up raising a gigantic £800, even selling baked treats to raise extra funds for a cause that affects so many.
In July 2016, two members of staff at Comply Direct took part in Pretty Muddy to raise money for this charity, raising £150. In 2015, the Comply Direct ladies ran the Race for Life and raised £900.
Cancer Research UK helps save millions of lives in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. The overall vision is for the day when all cancers are cured.
Hope and Homes for Children
The Broughton Hall Estate hosted the St.James's Sprint Triathlon 2019 where our Marketing Manager Melanie Harper and Business Development Manager Catherine Guy took part in an exhausting test consisting of a 400m indoor swim, 23km road cycle and 5km run. This was the first triathlon both have competed in and we are extremely proud of them for challenging themselves and raising money for more great causes. They raised a total of £360 for Hope and Homes for Children; a charity who work to help children grow up in safe and productive environment across 7 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Our Business Development Manager Catherine Guy kicked-off the sporting challenges in 2019 by completing the Gung-Ho! 5k obstacle course. From Born Slippy to Surfin’, Catherine managed to bob and weave her way to the finish line to raise £100.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Children In Need
Children in Need do fantastic work for disadvantaged children all across the UK, helping children who have problems which include poverty, abuse or disability. In November 2016, the Comply Direct team had a PJ/Onesie Day and Cake Sale, for Children in Need raising £40.41.
The Comply Direct carried on the tradition in November 2017 and hosted another PJ/Onesie day to raising £50.00. 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.
On Friday 16 of November 2018, Comply Direct team made it three years in a row. Staff all came into the office for the day dressed in their best PJ's which we feel suited the charity very well, we raised £100 which went towards a record-breaking £50,595,093 that the event raised in total.
The PJ day for Children in Need is now a yearly tradition and the Comply Direct team continued this in 2019.
On the 19 and 20 of July 2018, the Comply Direct team got involved in a two-day wild camping expedition in Snowdonia to raise money for mental health charity 'Mind'. It was a highly demanding hiking challenge in the picturesque Snowdonia landscape, which included trailing through rough terrain guided only by maps and compasses and covered over 35km of distance, ascending 3000m throughout the 2 days. The aim was to hit as many peaks as possible and withstand a night wild camping before finishing at the top of Snowdon mountain. We completed this raising an impressive £1701 for a charity that is very important to the company.
SELFA are a local charity who support vulnerable and disabled children in the Skipton and Craven area. In 2015, Comply Direct raised £1,500 by hosting a car wash and a bake sale at our Broughton Hall Office. the following year, a team from Comply Direct volunteered in the summer supporting a group of children from on a trip to Thornton Farm. Later on that year Comply Direct hosted a Charity Cycle and Cake Sale for SELFA and the Yorkshire Animal Shelter. Held at the stunning Utopia, our target was to cycle 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 but we smashed that and cycled 250km! In total, we raised £831. In the summer of 2017 staff volunteered their time to help make fish-puppets and masks with children from SELFA ready for the Skipton Puppet Festival. September 2017 saw Comply Direct host the first ever sporting championships at Broughton Hall which raised £1000. There was love in the air on valentines day 2020 as the team supported SELFA on #WearRedforSELFA day, fundraising £50.00 and looking good doing it.
“The support that Comply Direct have shown SELFA over the last few years has been wonderful. It can sometimes be difficult for us to find local businesses that understand the work we do in the community and are willing to show their support and get stuck in. Comply Direct have raised lots of money for us by organising sporting events, many bake sales and taking part in our annual fundraiser ‘Wear Red For SELFA’. As well as raising money, some staff members have given up their time to volunteer at our activities and they always show their support on social media. We look forward to working more with Comply Direct in the near future.” Lucy Short, SELFA PR & Fundraising Lead
Status Row is a team of 3 brave ladies who are taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2018 which is officially the World's toughest row, and involves rowing 3,000 miles day and night for over 7 weeks from the Canary Islands to the finish line in Antigua. Status Row's mission is to challenge the everyday use of plastic, raise awareness of plastic pollution and raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.
In line with World Environment Day on 5 June 2018, Comply Direct employees did a sponsored ‘plog’ (picking up litter whilst jogging) to raise money to support Status Row. We raised £120. Our plogging route involved making our way around a local park and going alongside a canal, picking-up litter as we went. In total, we collected just under 12kg of waste!
Moorview Rescue is a small family run dog rescue based in Pateley Bridge North Yorkshire which has been in operation for 7 years. The rescue relies on public support and funding and has re-homed and rescued more dogs in 2017 than ever before. Any dog who goes to the rescue will be treated for fleas and worms as well as vaccinated and neutered and also treated for any medical conditions they have. In 2017 they re-homed over 120 dogs. In November 2017 two members of the Comply Direct team volunteered their time at a Western Night, a charity fundraising night, which raised a fantastic £2037 for the rescue. Events like this raise money which goes towards running costs and vet bills.
Throughout November 2017, two of the Comply Direct boys embraced the Movember spirit and grew moustaches for a great cause. Together, they raised a fabulous total of £110. The Movember Foundation work to tackle men's health issues that aren't widely talked about. Prostrate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health problems and suicides are the cause of far too many men dying young. The Movember Foundation fund ground-breaking programmes globally, in order to engage with men, provide education, change men's behaviour and perceptions for the better and ultimately be an advocate for men all over the world. Their overall goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, by 2030.
Overgate Hospice & The Sick Children's Trust
On Saturday 29 July 2017 on the Broughton Hall Estate, the Comply Direct team conquered over 10 miles of running, 20 gruelling obstacles and copious amounts of dirty water and mud to complete Tough Mudder raising over £1200 for two charities.
The team were taken out of their comfort zone and given the huge challenge of the full Tough Mudder Course. We were proud to be supporting two very special charities; Overgate Hospice & The Sick Children’s Trust. Overgate Hospice aims to provide high-quality care for each individual as a whole person and to give them the best possible quality of life as well as provide support for the patient's family. The Sick Children's Trust believes keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children. They provide free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK.
Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust
The charity charged with the stewardship of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales national park, its economy and its people. Comply Direct have contributed £1,025 towards YDMT with our team participating in fundraising events such as the Yorkshire 3 peaks walk. Since 2012 we have helped YDMT secure more than £180,000 to support a range of environmental projects across the Yorkshire Dales, including woodland restoration. In the summer of 2017 volunteers from Comply Direct swapped our Broughton Hall office for a hillside near Stainforth to help spruce up a young woodland. In November 2019 a few members from the team took part in a half day volunteering and contributed to the planting of 300 trees in the Grassington area helping to restore woodlands in the Dales.
Heart Research UK
Heart Research UK fund medical research as well as helping many parts in the UK to improve their lifestyles through grants, encouraging people to live healthier, happier and longer lives. We chose Heart Research UK to be our charity for our annual sporting challenge in November 2016. We decided that we would walk the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, in winter! Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, this was no mean feat. The views throughout the walk were breath-taking, and what was more breathtaking was the amount of money which was raised for Heart Research UK... £2,218.25!
Yorkshire Animal Shelter
The Yorkshire Animal Shelter, based in Leeds, make sure that stray and abandoned animals are looked after and provide treatment for sick or injured animals.
In August 2016, Comply Direct hosted a Charity Cycle and Cake Sale for SELFA and The Yorkshire Animal Shelter. Held at Utopia, our target was to cycle 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 but we smashed that and cycled 250km! The Comply Direct team made cakes to sell which was a great success. In total, we raised £831.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh charity inspires and changes millions of young people's lives, no matter what background they come from. In August 2016, one member of the Comply Direct team climbed the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for this charity, walking 26 miles in 12 hours. The challenge raised £390 in total.
Playaway Centre, Gargrave
The Playaway Centre has a purpose of residential visits and educational trips by schools or youth groups. In Autumn 2016 a number of Comply Direct staff spent the morning volunteering at the Playaway Centre in Gargrave and took part in gardening.
Riding for the Disabled
Riding for the disabled have horses and ponies that give enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. This charity has been going for over 40 years and relies on voluntary help and donations. In 2016 a number of Comply Direct staff 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 and also helped to put the tack and horses away.
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 had a 'Giving Tree' at Christmas in 2015 and 2016, 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 were taken to Dawson's in December 2015 and 2016.
Sue Ryder hospice in Keighley which offers specialist palliative care and treatment for those suffering serious illness and their families. The superb Comply Direct Team completed the Jane Tomlinson Walk for All Walking Festival's 28 miles Hard as Dales challenge in 2013 in support of Manorlands, an activity which raised over £2000. On Halloween 2017, the full Comply Direct team embraced the spirit of the day by coming into the office dressed-up as a mixture of scary characters and donating a choice amount of money. A total of £62 was raised.
An independent Yorkshire based charity who offer advice, information and support service for carer's of all ages. Carer's Resource presented Comply Direct with their 'Keeping us Company' certificate after Comply Direct team members supported an enterprising initiative that gave Carers' Resource the opportunity to reach new businesses with their agenda. To date Comply Direct have helped to raise over £500, to fund the 'Home from Hospital' scheme and members of our team have participated in fund raising events for the charity such as the Carer's Resource Car Wash. Comply Direct also supported the charity through voluntary work such as: typing a manuscript, power-washing a drive, wrapping Christmas presents, taking carers to a concert and delivering Christmas hampers.
For more information about our charitable activities or to nominate a charity for Comply Direct to support please get in touch.