Northern Energy gives cracking Christmas present to local charities

Employees from a company based in Hamspthwaite, near Harrogate, have thrown themselves into a flurry of fundraising raising over £8,225.65 for charity. A cheque for the final amount is being presented to one of the chosen charities on Thursday, the 17th December 2009.For the past couple of months employees from Northern Energy have been working hard to raise money in a variety of different ways kicking off with the company golf day which raised an incredible £8,000. Their annual golf day has become a tradition at the family run firm and since 2002 Northern Energy has raised a whopping £68,518, which has been donated to local charities.Along with the golf day one member of the Northern Energy team, Sam Abbott, added to the fundraising pot by taking part in a 10k run where she was sponsored by her friends, family and colleagues at the firm. She added £225.65 to the total donated to Children In Need.This year the company have decided to split the £8,225.65 between the Children’s Ward at Harrogate Hospital and Children in Need. One of the chosen Children in Need charities that is benefiting from the donation is the Musical Mums group, which is also based in Harrogate.  Sarah Rhodes, Sales and Business Development Manager from Northern Energy went along to the Musical Mums Christmas party and presented them with a fantastic Christmas gift of a £4,225.65 cheque on Thursday 17thDecember.Musical Mums is an initiative which works with teenage mothers and their children up to five years old. The weekly sessions involve creating songs with instruments and singing to encourage the children to react positively to the sound of their mother’s voices. The group offers mothers something different from their day-to-day routine and enables them to talk to people in similar situations, learn new skills and make friends.Musical Mums is now in its third year and is run in partnership with Bumps to Babes, a local midwifery service, and Connexions. During the sessions mothers are offered information and guidance on healthcare, education, training and employment opportunities. Mothers and babies are also offered other social activities such as baby swimming sessions. The group is free of charge and even bus fares are reimbursed, so it is imperative that the scheme receives as much financial support as possible.Musical Mums organiser, Fleur Bremner said: “Getting a grant from Children in Need is fantastic for us and the continuation of our scheme. We are incredibly grateful to companies such as Northern Energy who raise money to help local projects.“2009 has been a fantastic year for us, Musical Mums has begun weekly sessions working alongside SureStart in Catterick and we have begun the leadership programme which provides training for attendees, so that eventually they can lead their own groups.”Northern Energy was founded in 1932 by Ralph Robinson. The company started life as a milk and coal transportation service for Dales’ farmers. Since then the business has grown from strength to strength and now delivers oil and LPG to businesses and homes across the North of England. Earlier this year the company launched a brand new division, LPG Homeheat which solely concentrates on supplying homes with their LPG heating needs. Northern Energy and LPG Homeheat are committed to supporting local communities and charities. Managing Director, Howard Illingworth, said: “We are delighted to support Musical Mums, a local charity that supports local people. Each year we raise money and split it between different charities within the area. Our staff are very supportive and Sam Abbott, a Credit Administrator, went the extra mile and took part in a 10k run which was sponsored. She managed to raise an extra £225.65 – so a special well done goes to her.”