Charities supported by the Hepworth Dryad

Previous charities supported by the race:

2014 - Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team

The 2012 Hepworth Dryad supported The Huw Thatcher Trust. The trust raises funds on behalf of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, part of the Disabilities Trust registered charity no. 800797. (2011)

Tribewanted's mission is to build sustainable communities in amazing places that benefit locals and visiting members; inspiring positive change within and far beyond the village. The money went to the Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) who work with Tribewanted and have sent on the following letter to thank the race for the donation to say how it was used.

SMT would like to acknowledge receipt of five million, eight hundred and twenty four thousand leones (SLL 5,824,000) as donation from Hepworth Dryad. The donation will be used to increase outreach of micro loans to low income households in and around the John Obey community and engage community members to identify community projects for financing using existing skills and structures to improving their economic livelihoods.

SMT has been providing microfinance services in the John Obey community and its environs for the past one year specifically targeting fish mongers, stone miners and those whose engage in depleting the forest for their livelihood. The loans provided during this period served as an alternative means of survival for these community people and the profit realized from the business activities undertaken by these beneficiaries was also used to pay school fees for their children and solve domestic problems.

Members of the John Obey community previously lacked quick and affordable access to credit and other financial services. SMTís intervention in partnership with Tribewanted Sierra Leone aims to provide access to financial services, help improve their financial and business management skills and create opportunities for increasing their economic livelihoods. SMT started with group lending whereby members organized into groups of five members and jointly guarantee each other to borrow.

At this stage, SMT hope community members will start building on the culture of sound credit and financial management practices. SMT intends to move the process to the next level of creating village savings and loans groups and work with community members to identify existing community projects for sustainable financing. This will be realized with the continued support of Tribewanted Sierra Leone and donors like yourselves.

Particularly, the grant received from Hepworth Dryad will be used to increase on the loan sizes/amount of the existing clients and the rest will be used to service new community members that have not benefited from micro loans before.

Once more SMT Sierra Leone is grateful for this kind gesture and many thanks to all those that helped fundraise.

Yours sincerely, Abdul Karim Conteh

"Thank you again to all who took part and fundraised through the Hepworth Dryad run last year,2011. And Good Luck with future events-your positive social impact is now making a real difference."
Ben Keene - Founder of Tribewanted John Obey Sierra Leone

Orchid Mens Cancer Research (2010)

Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness. Over 37,400 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in 2011; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients.

The Forget Me Not Trust (2009)

Forget Me Not Trust and leading men

Leading finishers with Lauren Moore (center) of the Forget Me Not Trust and Mark Buckingham (right) of race sponsor Up & Running

The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust was established in 1998 by a local mum of twin boys. A few years after giving birth, one of her sons was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus - water on the brain. When she started to look for local services to support her young family she discovered that none existed. There was no children's respite care in the local area so she decided that the area would strongly benefit from a children's hospice, and started fundraising. The rest, so they say, is history and in 2010 both the hospice at home and hospice build was launched.

Genesis Research Trust (2008)

Genesis Research Trust raises money for the largest UK-based collection of scientists and clinicians who are researching the causes and cures for conditions that affect the health of women and babies. This Trust is uniquely based in the building where the scientists carry out their research at the Wolfson and Weston Research Institute for Family Health, on the Hammersmith Campus of Imperial College London.


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