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Yorkshire energy firm raises most cash for 'Jane's Appeal'

20 September 2012

Supporters from around the world have helped a West Yorkshire environmental company to be crowned corporate champions in a flagship fund-raising event to commemorate the work of Jane Tomlinson

Nine foot-sore colleagues from the Leo Group, which is headquartered at Swales Moor near Halifax and also operates Omega Proteins at Thornton in Bradford, took part in the Jane Tomlinson’s Asda Foundation Run For All Leeds 10K in July, raising almost £5,000.

Today, the company was praised for being “top of the jogs” after beating more than 50 other companies participating in the Corporate Challenge to raise the most sponsorship for Jane’s Appeal and a series of other good causes.

This was achieved despite the fact that for most members of the team, this was their first 10k race – but, running alongside the likes of ex-England and Leeds defender Danny Mills and top soccer referee Howard Webb, they took it in their stride.

Leo Group managing director, Danny Sawrij, was among those who took up the challenge in Jane’s honour and thanked all those who supported the team’s efforts. He said: “As one of the UK’s foremost recycling companies, we are more used to creating energy rather than expelling it.

“But it is a tribute to the esteem in which Jane is held that our efforts were supported not just locally, but also nationally and even internationally as word of our involvement spread.

“We are a home-grown Yorkshire company – and proud of it – and are tremendously proud of our efforts and the role we have played in making this year’s event the most successful yet.

“We are thrilled to be part of a wider Yorkshire business community, which has pushed the boundaries to support the memory and work of Jane in such a positive and long-lasting way. We hope other companies follow in our steps – and running shoes – next year.

He added: “We thank the generosity of all those who have contributed to so many good causes as a result of our efforts – their support will make such a real difference to so many people’s lives.”

The event is Yorkshire’s biggest 10k race, drawing over 8,000 participants.

Funds raised from this year’s event will go to partner charities; Macmillan, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s Society, Yorkshire Cancer Research as well as Jane’s Appeal.

The Leo Group is at the forefront of the UK and Europe’s waste collection and recycling industry, specialising in turning it into everything from “green” energy to pet food. Every year it collects and process in excess of 650,000 tonnes of waste material, produce 130,000 tonnes of “meal” for power generation, and 70 million litres of purified fats.

The company’s recently-launched “Community Fund” has already distributed more than £10,000 to a range of good causes across the Yorkshire heartland where its work creates employment opportunities for locals – in some cases saving some charities from withdrawing much-needed services or even closure.

Among those to have benefited so far are the Bradford Stepping Stones project helping vulnerable teenagers move from local authority care to a home of their own; the Aqua Clinic in Shipley which organises swimming sessions for people with autism, learning difficulties and physical disabilities; and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Picture Caption: The Winning Team! The winning Jane Tomlinson’s Asda Foundation Run For All “Corporate Challenge” team comprised: Danny Sawrij, Mick Sheehan, Steven Mottram, Michael Dean, Brian Maguire, Jane Scott, Joanne Sawrij, Alison Bracewell and Paul Whalen.

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