The Group is particularly keen to help and encourage youngsters in many ways and our charitable activities are focused on fundraising and donations, or by actively helping young people.
Fundraising for Barnardo’s by the Firecracker Ball - Group Chairman Philip Taylor has been Chair of the organising committee since 2003. A Barnardo’s spokesperson said that “Phil Taylor has enabled the event to raise over £2 million for Barnardo’s work across Yorkshire in that time. His support for Barnardo’s is now wide and varied, and he became a Vice President of the organisation in 2007. Phil and the Oakapple team work tirelessly on behalf of Barnardo’s, and make a wonderful contribution to changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country.”
Mentoring Programme for GCSE level youngsters - Oakapple has been mentoring students on a 1 to 1 basis for schools in Dewsbury since 2004, helping many youngsters who are struggling to realise their full potential. The mentoring takes place over the two academic years needed for GCSE studies and helps raise youngsters’ aspirations, builds confidence, and provides skills to better face the challenges of GCSE and life in general.
Thornhill Science College - Oakapple was the main sponsor of the Thornhill, Dewsbury High School’s bid for Science College status. The bid was successful and led to a long relationship with the school.
The Stroke Association - Group Chairman Philip Taylor said ".....following my stroke some 12 years ago, the Stroke Association provided much needed support during my recovery. I realise what a valuable role The Stroke Association plays as a Charity, and want to continue our support for their work".
Sports Sponsorship - Oakapple sponsors Yorkshire Carnegie, the RUFC based in Oakapple's home town of Leeds, and also a number of junior teams both locally and elsewhere. At Oakapple we believe that sport plays a valuable role in creating a better society, and are especially happy to be encouraging youngsters to get involved in sport.