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Doncaster Business for the Community (DB4C) a local charity formed by Doncaster business representatives four years ago has announced it is back and raring to go as Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease.

Like many charities its activities were badly affected by the pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions which led to almost all planned 2020 fundraising activities being cancelled. This in turn had a major impact on its fundraising activities and ability to support local causes, as it has done during the first 3 years of activity.

DB4C was established in February, 2017 and has held many successful charitable fundraising events such as, the Official Doncaster Business Community Cup – the football match played at the Keepmoat Stadium, the Official Doncaster Business Community Vase- the Charity Cricket Match contested between representatives of the business community- the last event in 2019 was held at the Tickhill Cricket Club. On that occasion DB4C’s event supported two local causes – Hygiene Bank and Create a Dream Foundation.  The Hygiene Bank said:

The Hygiene Bank Doncaster project had been running for eight months when we were selected as a joint recipient of the DB4C Vase, in September 2019. The funds raised enabled us to rent and stock our first storage unit. This was a game-changer for the project.  Since then, we have grown to a team of 8 and have distributed over 54 tonnes of hygiene and cleaning products. Between August and December 2020, we reached over 5000 individuals via our network of 44 organisations, which includes food banks, schools, hostels, supported housing schemes, refuges, family hubs, and community hubs across Doncaster. DB4C was the first organisation to support us with funding and we would like to thank everyone involved for the wonderful support. “

Create a Dream Foundation said of the donation: “Thanks to DB4C we received an amount substantial enough to fund three dreams for seriously ill children.

We are very grateful for their help and hope to be a part of their plans in the future.”

 DB4C had also supported the Children’s Air Ambulance, based at the local Doncaster Airport to help their vital work with seriously ill children. The charity said: “We are so grateful to Doncaster Business for the Community for all their support.

Their incredible fundraising efforts has made a real difference to the Children’s Air Ambulance charity – it’s meant that we have been able to continue transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and neonatal treatment centres across the UK.

The £5,000 already raised has further helped our service reach pioneering milestones such as the new functionality of ECMO and nitric oxide on-board our aircraft, and helped us in transferring our 500th patient to the specialist care they desperately needed.

The Children’s Air Ambulance charity is continually looking at ways in which we can increase support to the NHS and the clinical teams we work with, so support like this is vital in continuing to lead the way in paediatric and neonatal transfer aviation, and to continue saving little lives.”

 DB4C also held two extremely successful Charity Balls at the exclusive Bawtry Hall Venue, again raising vital funds for local causes.

Since DB4C’s establishment it has managed to donate thousands of pounds to different local charities and causes. Although last year was extremely challenging it still managed to continue to receive donations from generous supporters taking part in the DB4C’s 10x10k running event. In turn it was able to support to the Des Rankine Soccer School and local organisation Active Fusion, where the DB4C is supporting the Unified Leaders project.

Looking forward to the rest of this year DB4C plans to again hold the Official Doncaster Business Community Cup on the 5th June 2021 at the Keepmoat Stadium and the Doncaster Business Community Vase to be held at Tickhill Cricket Club on the 5th September continues throughout the year. Also, the 10x10k running event, generously supported by Westfield Health, will continue throughout 2021.

DB4C are delighted to confirm the main sponsors for the Official Doncaster Business Community Cup as The Crown Hotel Bawtry and Myzone the Health and Well-Being partner and for the Official Doncaster Business Community Vase as Polypipe and HBR Law.

Always keen to try new challenges DB4C are excited to announce their first Charity Angling Competition. This will be held on Saturday 21st August 2021 at the renowned Maver-Dynamite Hayfield Lakes at Auckley, where up to 80 anglers will compete for a first prize of £500.00, together with further cash prizes for second and third places.

Chairman Tim Shaw said: “We are a local Doncaster Charity run by Doncaster business people and generously helped by superb support and sponsorship from the Doncaster business community. Last year was tough for many and numerous local causes and charities saw cuts to their income due to Covid-19. We are all looking forward to a brighter future and DB4C are delighted that we can announce our plans to commence our activities in 2021, have some fun and help some great local causes”.

Active Fusion are pleased to announce that Doncaster Business for the Community (DB4C) are the official kit sponsor for the brand-new Unified Leaders project.

The Unified Leaders project, in association with Children in Need, was created to develop the leadership and essential life skills of children with special educational needs (SEND) through using the power of sport and physical activity.

We are proud to announce the launch of yet another ground breaking and unique fundraising initiative in their growing sporting calendar. The “10TenK” Challenge will consist of participants taking part in ten 10k running events of their choice over the course of this year and recruitment of 100 runners each signing up to raise £100 each has already begun. Runners will be able to choose to run in 10k races being held in both the UK and worldwide calendar if they wish.

Following last month’s launch of the 2019 Doncaster Business for the Community Vase Cricket Challenge the town’s business led charity has been inundated with sponsorship offers and player registrations.

DB4C had already confirmed that Tickhill Cricket Club would for the first time host their annual cricket challenge, now in it’s third year and the move has been positively welcomed by local businesses.

The event will take place on Sunday 8th September at the end of a summer that will have been packed with cricket action and an unprecedented level of interest in the sport following England’s remarkable victory in the World Cup and soon to be hopefully followed by success in The Ashes.   As a result DB4C has witnessed a record level of early sign-ups for the match, which, will once again see The Commercial Legends and The Business All-stars compete for the DB4C Vase in a 20-20 game format.   Places are now limited and DB4C urges anyone wanting to play to register their interest as soon as possible as practice sessions have already begun.

The annual cricket challenge was the first event to be organised by DB4C, the ground breaking and highly innovative charitable trust run entirely by the town’s business community which raises much needed funds for local charities and community projects.  The event has gone from strength to strength with a tried and tested format and like all of DB4C’s sporting events players will be drawn from across the business community and this year’s beneficiaries have already been confirmed as Create A Dream and The Hygiene Bank.

As a result of this success DB4C is proud to announce three key sponsors for this year’s match.  TFG Capital has been confirmed as the Match Sponsor and as such the teams will be competing for “The TFG Capital Doncaster Business Community Vase”.  James Mortimore of TFG Capital said:

TFG are delighted to be sponsoring the DB4C annual cricket vase in support of 2 great charities in Create a Dream and The Hygiene Bank. I’m sure the day will be a great success and showcase how sport can bring the business community together whilst raising plenty of money for the charities and plenty of laughs for the spectators.”

In addition HSR Law and Polypipe have also been confirmed as the teams’ shirt sponsors.

Fabian Braithwaite, Managing Partner of HSR Law Solicitors commented “As a locally based law firm, we are proud to continue to support Doncaster Business for the Community for a third year having been impressed with the positive difference they have made to a variety of worthy causes within our town.

Cameron McLellan, Polypipe Divisional Managing Director said “Polypipe are pleased to be sponsors of the DB4C annual cricket match – with the main objectives to have fun and raise lots of money for two worthy local charities.

DB4C Director and Cricket Task Team Member Gary Rogers added “We are naturally delighted to confirm TFG Capital, HSR Law and Polypipe, three highly successful and high profile Doncaster Businesses as our sponsors for this year’s match. We are very grateful for their support and commitment.  DB4C, supported by companies like these, has achieved so much since its inception, proving that the town’s businesses through their participation in our sporting events care deeply about the community and its well-being.”

For further details on how you can get involved contact us today on 01302 965555 or via info@db4c.org.uk

Doncaster Business for the Community held its Crown Hotel Bawtry Business Community Cup football match at the Keepmoat stadium and raised an incredible £5,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).

The atmosphere was electric as the Business Allstars took on the Commercial Legends in a nail-biting match for charity. The 90 minutes saw high quality football and a 3-3 draw, before the game went to penalty shootout where the Allstars came out victorious!

The day didn’t stop after the Allstars’ victory – families also enjoyed a variety of entertainment including a kid’s penalty shout out competition and live music from local indie rock band The Outcharms – all in support of TCAA.

TCAA is the first and only dedicated paediatric and neonatal transfer helicopter service in Great Britain and is funded solely by charitable donations. When every second counts in the lifesaving treatment of a poorly child or baby, the charity’s specially trained pilots are able to transfer their young patients four times faster than by road, and one of the bespoke helicopters is based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Anthony Temperton, Director and Trustee of Doncaster Business for the Community said “Feedback from players and families, was this was the best event yet. A combination of live music, fast paced football, great competition prizes and activities for the kids helped us to raise £5,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport as well as a further £4,000 in donations for other charities.”

“We chose The Children’s Air Ambulance as one of our main charities to not only fundraise and support their valuable work but to create awareness of what they do and how they save young lives.”

Sharon Evans, Community Fundraising Officer for TCAA added: “We thank Doncaster Business for the Community for their support towards our charity. The amount they raised is incredible and will help towards getting critically ill babies and children to the lifesaving treatment they need.”