Kirklees and Calderdale charity lunch re-launches following two-year hiatus

Calderdale SmartMove and Lawrence Batley Theatre have been announced as the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) has announced its return to support children and young people across the region, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

This year’s KACCL event will take place on Thursday 1st December at Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield.

Two local causes will benefit from the money raised at what will be the sixth annual KACCL event. The first is Calderdale SmartMove which is a charity supporting homeless and vulnerable individuals and families across Calderdale. Whether it’s fleeing domestic abuse or families with children who can’t afford their next rent payment, they source safe and secure tenancies and offer intensive support over a 12-month period.

The second beneficiary is the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. At the centre of their charitable organisation is a commitment to young people. Through their Young Company they provide weekly drama sessions as well as the opportunity to meet and work with professional artists.

Organisers are hoping that the fundraising total will surpass 2020’s total of £32,446, which contributed to over £100,000 KACCL has raised since its launch in 2016. 

Steve Crowther, chair of the KACCL Committee and managing director at Crowther Accountants, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be able to bring back KACCL after a two-year gap. Many young people and children across the region were adversely impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be living with the legacy of it for years to come. We want to ensure that through KACCL and the charities we are working with, we can start to support some of those affected.

“This year’s beneficiaries do some incredible work within our local community. We can’t wait to bring the local business community together again to raise money for the brilliant services these two organisations provide.”

Stuart Rumney, chief executive of Calderdale SmartMove, added: “It’s an honour for our charity to be chosen again by the KACCL team to be one of the beneficiaries for 2022. Our charity mission is supporting homeless, vulnerable individuals and families across Calderdale. KACCL’s support will make an incredible difference to the work we do.”

The KACCL event will be compered by Pete Emmett and includes a drinks reception, three-course lunch for 300 people.

The KACCL organising committee represents figures from local businesses across the region, which includes Crowther Accountants, Stafflex, Chadwick Lawrence, Faith PR, Eastwood & Partners, HelloMint and Cedar Court Hotels.

For details on how to get involved in this year’s event or to purchase tickets, which are priced at £60 each, please contact KACCL@crowther.accountants.

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