KACCL raises over £32,000 for charity

Local business people across Kirklees and Calderdale have together raised over £32,000 through a Christmas lunch in aid of local children’s charities – a record-breaking amount which smashed the initial target by 40%.

The third annual Kirklees & Calderdale Annual Christmas Lunch (KACCL) took place on Thursday 6 December at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and The Orange Box choir, part of Square Chapel’s community outreach programme in Halifax.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports local children and families with life-shortening conditions across Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Manchester. The Orange Box Choir at Square Chapel in Halifax meanwhile aims to bring together the schools and services across Calderdale, providing a platform for members to grow in confidence by expressing their musical talent in a safe place.

The lunch, sponsored by Huddersfield’s Crowther Chartered Accountants, was attended by 290 people from the local business community and kicked off with a drinks reception to break the ice, followed by a spectacular three course meal and charity auction.

Attendees also enjoyed entertainment by compere Pete Emmett, a heartfelt speech by Emma and Colin Harwood whose daughter has attended Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for the past three yearsas well as an uplifting performance by the Orange Box Choir.

Brave teenager Annabelle Riley, who is a member of the choir and battles a number of difficulties and requires full-time support, brought a tear to the eyes of all as she performed a truly moving and symbolic duet with her mother, Caroline.

The KACCL organising committee represents figures from local businesses across the region, which includes JR Group UK Ltd, Stafflex, Chadwick Lawrence, Faith PR, Eastwood & Partners, Brug Consultancy, Whimsical Events, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Hellomint, Cedar Court Hotels, Orange Box Young people’s centre and Crowther Chartered Accountants.

Steve Crowther chair of KACCL 2018 said: “For the third year running this has been another fantastic event for the local community. We are overwhelmed and delighted with the amount we were able to fundraise.”

“On behalf of the committee, I’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who attended; including the many local businesses who generously provided their services and rallied around organising raffle and auction items. Every donation makes such a huge difference to each charity which support the young people and families in our local area.”

Luen Thompson, chief executive of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice added: “Our hospice needs to be owned by the community it serves, and events like KACCL achieve exactly that. Not just in the money raised, but also in awareness of what we do and the difference we make, as well as the new relationships we are able to forge with local businesses.”


Many thanks to the generous businesses of Calderdale, Kirklees and further afield who have enabled us to bring to you this prestigious charity auction which will be held at our lunch on Thursday 6th December. If you cannot attend the lunch and would like to place a bid, please email kaccl@crowther.accountants.




Delivita Dinner Party package
A catered dinner party for 8 in your own home provided by Joe Formisano of Delivita Ltd
Includes all food & catering on Delivita woodfired ovens

Luxury ‘Yorkshire’ Eat & Sleep Package
Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at Manor House, Lindley
Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge, Huddersfield.
Meal for 2 at Old Wire Works, Lindley
Holmfirth Vineyard tour with afternoon tea and overnight accommodation for 2

Square Chapel ‘Entertainment & Accommodation’ Package
* A pre-show dinner for 2 and a bottle of fizz in the Square Chapel Café Bar
* 2 tickets to film/event of choice from Square Chapel’s Spring 2019 programme
* A Red Brick duo membership
* An overnight stay at Holdsworth House with breakfast

Chadwick Lawrence “Yorkshire Days Out” Package
4 corporate hospitality tickets for Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal on 9th February 2019
4 corporate hospitality tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs Huddersfield Giants (date TBC)
4 tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate on 11th July 2019

WW2 Spitfire Flight Experience Package
Spitfire flight experience for 1 at Duxford Airfield, Cambridge, flight duration 20mins
2 x Premium Annual Membership of Imperial War Museums
One night B&B for 2 at Holiday Inn, Cambridge

Pamper Package
Hot stone full body massage and pamper package at Alexandra House, Huddersfield
Indulgent spa day for 2 at Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, Wigan
Teeth whitening voucher
£20 Harveys beauty voucher
£30 makeup artist voucher

Rugby Package
Huddersfield RUFC pre-match hospitality for 4 including pre-match dinner, bottle of
wine, tickets and match day programme
2 Seats in the Directors Box for the Huddersfield Giants 1st game of the season
Huddersfield Giants signed rugby shirt

Football Package
2 Liverpool FC vs Tottenham tickets – 30th March 2019 in the Carlsberg Hospitality Dugout Main Stand
Limited edition commemorative plaque for Huddersfield Town first premier league season 2017/18 (only 100 made)
4 tickets to Huddersfield Town vs Southampton on 22nd December 2018 in Director’s Box with buffet lunch

Twisted Driving & Harrogate stay Package
Twisted Automotive driving experience – Factory tour for 2. Brand induction,
refreshments and a demo drive, which may include the £160k 110 V8
Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Health, Nutrition & Fitness Package
Maximuscle sports nutrition hamper
Suma Wholefoods health hamper
2 week (4 x 1hr sessions) personal training with Tashan Gabriel
2 week free membership with Total Fitness, Huddersfield – TBC
2 hour personal training with Seal Fitness

Luxury Eat, Sleep & Spa Package
Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere
Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at the Feathers, Woodstock
Afternoon tea for 2 at the Swan Hotel, Grasmere

First Direct ‘Little Mix’ Package
A private suite for 14 people to see Little Mix on 19th November 2019


KACCL social media post with textOnce again, due to popular demand, our KACCL lunch has sold out.

This year, we’ve managed to increase capacity in order to squeeze in more guests for our spectacular event raising funds for two very much deserving causes.

The KACCL committee would like to thank all guests and businesses that have purchased a table. We are looking forward to creating yet again another memorable charity lunch.


Extra tickets for 2018 charity event


Our third annual Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) has created an extra 35 places for this year’s event due to demand for tickets from the local business community.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday 6 December at Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield and our committee have upped the venue capacity to 300 seats. Tickets are priced at £50 per person for tables of 10 to 12 people.

Our charity Christmas lunch has become a popular event in the local business calendar with two local charities, Orange Box young people’s centre in Halifax, and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, based in Huddersfield, set to benefit from money raised on the day.


The team are hoping that the fundraising total will surpass last year’s £24,000, with money raised being split equally between the two charities.


The funds from KACCL will support The Orange Box Choir in Association with Square Chapel, Orange Box Rock School music workshops, and ‘Routes’ Youth Music Festival, which provides a platform for young musicians to showcase their talent on an open stage.


Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will use the funds to help with their continued services which benefit families across West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. The hospice supports families of children across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield who have a life-shortening condition.


Our event, which offers a great networking opportunity for local professionals, will follow the same format as the previous two years, with a prosecco reception, three course lunch and entertainment.


Last year’s event was attended by 265 people in the local business community who enjoyed a special performance from 16-year-old singer Callum Butterworth, Orange Box young people’s choir, and well-loved magician and performer John Danbury.


Steve Crowther, the new chair of the KACCL Committee and managing director at Crowther Accountants, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing back KACCL for the third year and are thrilled to have already sold the majority of tables. We urge anyone interested in attending to secure their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


“Orange Box and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice are two really important charities in our local area which play a key part in many local people’s lives. We can’t wait to bring the local business community together again to raise money for the brilliant services these two charities provide.”


The KACCL organising committee represents figures from local businesses across the region, which includes JR Group UK Ltd, Stafflex, Chadwick Lawrence, Faith PR, Eastwood & Partners, Brug Consultancy, Whimsical Events, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Hellomint, Cedar Court Hotels and Crowther Accountants.



For details on how to get involved in this year’s event or to purchase tickets please contact KACCL@crowther.accountants


Auction prizes wanted!

As our third event draws closer, the committee is busy planning what we hope to be one of the most spectacular events of the year.

But what makes our charity lunch so special, is the amount of money raised for our beneficiaries, enabling them to carry out the amazing work that they do in our area, and most importantly helping young people. Last year we raised a staggering £22,000 which was donated to Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice and Orangebox Young People’s Centre.

For the event to raise the money we do, we create opportunities for our guests, businesses and associates to donate. We do this in a variety of formats, our most popular method of raising additional funds is through an auction. Last year the auction contributed 26% of the total amount raised. It also adds a fun element to our event when there’s some competition in the room!

All auction prizes are donated prior and we rely heavily on our contacts to enable us to bring such exciting opportunities.

This year we are on the lookout for prizes. Do you have any unwanted gifts, maybe a trip somewhere that you can no longer attend?

We would be most grateful of any donation, as they say, every little helps! If you think you can help, please get in touch with us on KACCL@crowther.accountants

Supporter focus: Stafflex

Stafflex is hugely proud to be one of the founding supporters of KACCL. As the region’s leading independent recruitment specialists, they are actively involved with numerous charities and worthy causes in their mission to give back to the community they have served since 2000.

Stafflex are currently one of the largest independent recruitment agencies in the north and one of the biggest employers in Kirklees. Established in April 2000, the firm initially focused on placing temporary staff within technical and industrial positions, Stafflex added the Education Division in 2002 and then expanded in to Commercial Recruitment in 2011.

Stafflex wish all those supporting KACCL a wonderful afternoon of fun, entertainment and fundraising for many years to come.

Supporter focus: Whimsical Events

Kirsti of Whimsical Events is one of the founding committee members of KACCL. Following the huge success of last year’s event, Kirsti is confident that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.

Beautiful outdoor events are the result of exacting planning, super-efficient organisation and meticulous attention to detail. Kirsti and her team offer flexible planning services to provide a calm and reassuring approach to every element of your event to ensure you nothing less than absolute perfection.

Whether you’d like help organising your entire event, managing the day itself, creating design ideas or finding the perfect venue for your event, Whimsical Events will happily tailor their services to suit your individual requirements.

If you’re not sure where to start with your event or if there’s something specific you’d like to discuss, please visit their website, www.whimsicalevents.co.uk.Untitled-1

Supporter feature; Chadwick Lawrence

logoChadwick Lawrence have been offering professional and supportive legal advice to both private and commercial clients for over 160 years.

The firm is a broad based, modern group of solicitors proud of their Yorkshire heritage. They are trusted across the region to have the knowledge and experience to help in any legal situation.

As a large firm in Yorkshire they recognise the importance of creating a positive social impact, through both their exceptionally high level of service and first-rate legal advice, but also through supporting the community.

Chadwick Lawrence offer traditional legal services for both personal and business matters. Services such as family law and conveyancing sit side by side within their personal services, while their business services include employment law, commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm also offers specialist medical negligence and sports law capabilities.

Chadwick Lawrence actively take the opportunity to support regional initiatives and get involved in the local community. Frequently, the firm organises business and employment seminars, both in its own right and in partnership with other business organisations, taking a keen interest in promoting efforts to foster economic growth in the region.

The firm has seven offices throughout Yorkshire, and the practice is now listed as one of the twenty largest firms in the region. Chadwick Lawrence are committed to encouraging growth within their business and the local community, providing a unique customer experience for clients and prospects alike.

Chadwick Lawrence have been involved with KACCL since inception in 2016. With long-standing roots in both Huddersfield and Halifax with a larger local client base they are well-placed in terms of attracting support for the events. The firm supported the event last year in many ways through sponsorship, ticket purchases and by also providing committee representation, all of which they be doing again this year.

To find out more about Chadwick Lawrence‘s services, please visit their website.

Supporter feature; JR Group UK

jrgroupJR Group UK is one of the founding members of KACCL.

As one of the UK’s leading textile and property groups, JR Group UK is owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Taylor family and has sites across the region in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.

The Group had been looking for some time for a worthwhile local children’s charity with which it could become involved. Having attended WACCL (Wakefield annual charity Christmas lunch) for the past few years, JR Group UK Managing Director, James Taylor, was aware of the excellent work it does in that community. He did not hesitate, therefore, when he was invited to join as a founding member of KACCL to build success in the local community.

After raising £18,000 in the inaugural event, it is hoped that the JR Group can contribute to many more years of fundraising for children’s charities in Kirklees.

To find out more about JR Group UK, please visit their website.