Meet our friendly team
Back in 2012, Billy Pearce became our patron and has since made a special appearance at our birthday tea-party to hear heart-felt family stories and how Yorkshire Children’s Trust support some of the most vulnerable children in Yorkshire. Through its four themes of support, covering the urgent financial and emotional needs of local children.
A television regular throughout the 80’s and 90’s after finding fame in New Faces, where he reached the final in 1986. Since then he has often been described as a supreme entertainer.
Billy has a busy schedule, and when not in tour he can be found at the Bradford Alhambra taking part in his annual famous panto where families flock from all over the region to see the best panto in Yorkshire!
Blake Meyer ‘Santa Blake’
In the run up to Christmas in 2016, Blake Meyer attended a festive jumper night out with friends, but instead of turning up in a Christmas jumper, Blake attending wearing a fancy-dress Santa costume. After a surreal evening of posing for photographs and shaking hands, and receiving encouragement from friends he decided to become a free-to-hire Santa to raise money for local charities.
After a search for a truly local charity that supported children, Blake decided that YCT was the perfect fit and has worked with the charity to see children stuck in hospital over Christmas as well as visiting other grottos and schools with only a donation requested for the magical gift of seeing Santa Blake.
As of Christmas 2021, Blake has raised over £13,000 for the charity and has been given the honorary position of Patron for his fantastic support.
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Charity Founder & Trustee
Simon and his family went through a great ordeal when his daughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was only five years old after she had already suffered various illnesses from birth.
Wanting to turn a negative into a positive, he undertook a hospital survey and found a gap in support offered to sick and disabled children in the region and created YCT to help support as many local children as possible.
Tracey has a daughter who had a cancer diagnosis twice and met the Widdop family whilst their daughters were both receiving treatment at St. James’ in Leeds.
As a parent with children who have additional needs, Tracey is able to look at the support from the charity from the perspective of a parent.
Jamie has a background in music and met the founders of the charity whilst taking part in a fundraising event.
He was so enthusiastic about the great work that Yorkshire Children’s Trust do to support local children that he became a Trustee and has quickly become an invaluable team member.
Not only has Sophie supported the charity for many years at fundraising events, she has also previously produced a promotional video to help raise the charity profile.
Sophie now works at a local school helping to support children with additional needs which compliments her work at Yorkshire Children’s Trust as an Executive Trustee.
Paul has over 30 years experience of fundraising for charities, with a wide knowledge of grant making trusts, corporate and charity events.
Previously he worked with disabled young people offering work experience in an office environment as well as raising funds for mobility equipment to disabled children up to the age of 18. Paul now seeks sources of funding to help with various appeals for Yorkshire Children’s Trust.
Social Worker & Counsellor
It quickly became apparent that she had a real passion for supporting children’s mental health and undertook retraining to expand her skills to become a counsellor and now helps to support local children through a person-centred approach.
Rachael has a strong financial background after working in the banking sector for many years and her interest in complimenting this with wanting to help support a local charity led her to join our team as Financial Assistant.
She is reposnsible for ensuring that the charity keep accurate accounting records including allocating funds to the correct projects.
New Team Member!
Clothing Bank Sales Operative
As a green an ethical charity, fundraising is a big part of what we do to raise funds to cover our core costs.
We are very pleased to welcome a new member to our team who will be liaising with outside companies including schools, colleges, sports centres and other businesses to find new locations to host our recycling textile banks.