To make a real impact to the lives of our young people, and the Calderdale community, we are looking for Keystone funders to help make Ravenscliffe@SpringHall a reality. These are donations in excess of £25,000. We appreciate that this is a huge amount of money, however it may appeal to local businesses who want to make a lasting impression on their local community.
We are delighted to have already attracted three keystone funders, in Harry Hamer, Leo's Group and the Halifax Bank.
Harry Hamer, who sadly passed away in 2011, was our first Keystone Funder. Harry lived in Calderdale all his life, and was a great supporter and friend of the School. Harry left Ravenscliffe £85,000 in his will, money which was partly used to develop our training kitchen and refurbish our sensory room. The remaining money has been used as our first Keystone donation. The last time that Harry supported the School was during Sport Relief 2010, where he and fellow rotarians acted as track marshals for our cycling event at Spring Hall. It therefore seems very apt that Harry's legacy will be used to help fund our new development at Spring Hall itself, and that he will have a lasting impression on the School.
Leo Group Ltd
Our second, and most significant, keystone funder, Leo Group, came on board when CEO Danny Sawrij heard of our campaign. Over the last three decades, they have been at the forefront of modernising the waste management industry, focusing on environmentally friendly technologies and equipment. They pride themselves on being one of the most efficient companies currently in the UK market. Danny said "After visiting the school it is clear that they are doing a fantastic job. It was great to meet so many of the children and young adults at the school and hear about the improvements they have all experienced with the support of the Ravenscliffe team" Leo Group initially committed £25,000 in 2015, and have since raised a further £265,000 towards the new centre. We are naturally humbled and incredibly grateful for Danny, and the contribution that Leo Group have made to our Project. We quite literally wouldn't be where we are today without them.
The Halifax Bank and Lloyds Banking Group
The Halifax Bank, and Lloyds Banking Group, and its staff have donated over £65,000 and contributed hundreds of hours of voluntary work and fundraising activity to date. The relationship between the Halifax Bank and Ravenscliffe High School extends back many years. It began with small teams choosing to take a day out of the office working alongside our students in our gardens and grounds.
In 2013 the Bank became the latest local employer to support our Springboard programme. Four students have so far had the opportunity to work at a number of the banks sites, leading to paid work for some and the promise of future paid work for others.
The Halifax’s “Friends of Ravenscliffe” programme now has over 300 members - colleagues who have raised funds, made donations, and provided many hours of their time to support the school. The bank has provided significant support for the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project, for which we are, and continue to be, truly grateful.