New foundation helps homeless back into work

NEW CHARITY: Andy Howarth, founder of the Howarth Foundation and Gavin Howarth, chairman of the board of trustees.
NEW CHARITY: Andy Howarth, founder of the Howarth Foundation and Gavin Howarth, chairman of the board of trustees.

A family run Cleckheaton based HR, employment law and health and safety company has successfully launched its own charity.

The new charity aims to help homeless people living rough on the street back into work.

The Howarth Foundation received charitable status with the specific objective of ‘The prevention or relief of poverty in respect of individuals who are, or who have recently been, homeless in the districts of Leeds and Kirklees’.

Founder of The Howarth Foundation, Andy Howarth, has been involved in various fundraising initiatives for local charities for many years but has always harboured a desire to put his energies into a slightly more difficult and sometimes controversial cause of the homeless.

He said: “We raised a not insignificant amount of money for local charities and while they are all are good causes, I felt that helping the homeless was not only a good cause but frankly a needier one.

“It makes no sense for fit, able bodied or otherwise individuals to be sleeping rough with no work to go to and no prospect of a decent future when there are clearly opportunities out there for them.

“The foundation has already secured the support of many local businesses who have offered to provide work.”

The foundation intends to raise funds by staging events such as the popular Music Extravaganza that has been a favourite for the past three years and this year will be held at the Cedar Court, Huddersfield, in November.

Any business wanting to get involved in this event either as a sponsor or just to treat their staff to a great night out should contact Natalie Wells, business development manager of foundation on 01274 864999.