Nazir Afzal OBE

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Nazir Afzal OBE Child Sexual Expolitation Seminar “I remain in awe of the work of the foundation. Every second of every day they save lives. Protecting, Preventing harm, and supporting victims and survivors. Nothing is too difficult for them” Nazir We are extremely proud to have Nazir Afzal as our patron, and we are equally […]

The Gap Bar & Lounge La Zenia

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Each year we have great support and this year is no different, we have new supporters and supporters who have supported The Samantha Sykes Foundation for many years. Once again this year, the first event of the year was run by our friends in Spain, it was held  @ The Gap Bar & Lounge in […]

We Continue To Grow And Support Young People

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Since the murders of Samantha and Kimberley in March 2012, and the formation of this charity in 2014 there have been so many things going on.   Before the murders I had never given any thought to everything that goes on within a family after such a tragic event like murder.  No one can prepare a […]

Meet Our Patron Nazir Afzal OBE.

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We are proud to announce that Nazir Afzal OBE, has agreed to be a Patron of The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust! Listen to Nazir, Eric speaking, Bethany Hare and OKTC singing on the Smile Radio Podcast from our Annual Butterfly Ball Click on the link  to listen – https://www.podbean.com/media/player/btikp-9f08cb?from=yiiadmin&download=1&version=1&fbclid=IwAR2mILbHtF4TzhRhGaYZt49M6hl2NSUmwc1v1AHgQp_wsISIOKEuR9gbEn0 Nazir was Chief Crown Prosecutor for […]

Barnett Waddington Coffee Morning Raises £750

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A few weeks ago, Leeds based Barnett Waddington held a coffee morning and raised an incredible £750, which they donated to the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust.   The team at Barnett Waddington have raised money for various charities over the years and it was great to see our name on their list of recipients.  Our Trustee […]

Your Funds Well Spent

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2018 & Seven More People Helped 2018 and the year is flying by.  We are busy issuing funds and so far we have helped seven new young people this year.  We still have many existing recipients, who receive support,  but these seven are first time recipients of funding from The Samantha Sykes Foundation.  We received […]

Kevin Sabin & Friends Go To Newcastle United

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Click Picture Above To Watch Short Video Back in November at The Samantha Sykes Butterfly Ball, Kevin Sabin successfully outbid the competition, for an auction lot, which promised to be a fantastic day at Newcastle United… they were not disappointed. The day started with the six friends being welcomed by representatives of The Samantha Sykes […]

Dickensian Market

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  On Saturday December 2nd, 2017, The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust were one of two charities to receive funding from The Clayton Dickensian Market.  This was the 13th year the market has taken place and with both community and charity in mind The Samantha Sykes Foundation are proud to be selected, and had a stall […]

Mark Shopland Beard Shave

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On July 14th 2017 Mark Shopland shaved off his long standing beard, to raise funds for The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust. What started off as a bit of fun soon escalated to personal challenge and Mark was “persuaded” to shave off half of his beard and go to work for one day sporting his designer […]

Leanne & Jessica Sky Dive

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On Saturday, Leanne & Jessica completed their Sky Dive raising funds for The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust.. Both were very nervous but they both thoroughly loved it… well done to both of you. In May 2018 we are planning another event and this will be in aid of the Mayor of Wakefield’s Charity and everything […]

Hall Green United’s Charity Football Match

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On Sunday 28th May, Hall Green United hosted a Fun Day, which had great food, great entertainment and lots of after match celebration. The event was organised in the main by Sheridann Dickerson, with help from his father Phil. Sheridann organised the main entertainment for the day, in the form of ex England & Liverpool […]

Rob Webster CEO of South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

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This week, it was a genuine privilege to hear our own Julie Warren-Sykes, assistant director of nursing, talk about the  PREVENT agenda and the missed opportunities that could have prevented the murder of her daughter and her friend. It was a tough slot covering radicalisation, child sexual exploitation and atrocity. Julie’s courage, humanity and ability […]

Fears over CSE and care in Wakefield.

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‘All of this should have created an immediate response from services.’ By Claire Colley. Kimberley Franks’ grave is marked by a simple headstone surrounded by roses. An 18th birthday key to the door hangs from her name. But Kimberley didn’t see her 18th birthday; when she was murdered, along with her friend Samantha Sykes, on […]

Charity Opening Nights Of Ego@ The Bulls Head Horbury

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In March 2017 the Bulls Head Horbury had an extensive refurbishment and Re-Opened as Ego@The Bulls Head Horbury.  The results are remarkable and having been to the Bulls Head many times before I can assure you it has been re-fitted to an unrecognisable restaurant of high quality.    The opening celebration was held over two nights […]

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            At our annual Butterfly Ball in November 2016 Marie Shackleton successfully bid an auction lot which was the commission of a handmade beautiful cake,  which was very kindly donated by Elena Hill.  This is the third time Elena has donated her remarkable talents and once again she produced a […]

SSFT Win The Kate Granger Award For The Outstanding Achievement At The YCA!

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On Saturday April 1st at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion the Annual Yorkshire Choice Awards took place. Charities from across Yorkshire were voted  for, by the public  in different categories.  The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust was nominated in two categories. The first category  was The Fundraiser of the Year, the second category was The Kate Grainger […]

3 Local Students Supported With Your Fundraising

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Update: Following the visit reported below, we received feedback from the two students tutor Michelle.  Michelle said “the day was a huge success  both girls have benefited immensely from the visit.  Both students had been having difficulties with the piece of work, An Inspector Calls, and we are so pleased with both girls progress since […]

First Fund Raiser of 2017

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First fund raiser of 2017 raises 404.00 Euros, many thanks to all our friends and supporters in the Costa Blanca Spain. Thanks to Sean and James at The Gap Lounge and Cocktails La Zenia, who kindly donated prizes and hosted the event (great bar folks!). Thanks to da Vinci restaurant at La Zenia, Black and […]

Keith Crookes Christmas Hamper Raffle

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Keith Crookes, one of our avid supporters, raised a staggering £1, 500.00 from his Christmas Hamper Raffle, first prize 16 bottles of spirits. He also sourced every prize himself and sat for 3 days in the doorway of Sainsbury’s, cold and tired in order to achieve this amazing result. Thank you Keith and to everyone […]

We Won!!!

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Thank you to everyone who voted and we are  extremely pleased to announce ….. WE WON !!! By voting,  it means that one of the top 4 supermarkets, in the UK,  sponsors us for 12 months.  Any charity events the store holds the funds raised will be donated to The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust.  This […]

Marcelle Shinners 50th birthday

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The lovely Marcelle Shinners, who for her 50th birthday asked her party guests to donate to the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust rather than buy her a gift. I think you will agree she is ‘one hell of a woman’ !! Marcelle’s party raised in excess of £500.00, this went to provide funding for one child […]

King George FC Picked Up Their First Trophy!

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On Sunday 10th April 2016, King George FC picked up their first trophy this year, winning 6-1 beating Wakefield Soccer Centre & King Georges Billy Mole picking up the man of the match. Having played for King George myself since the 1980s as always I was chuffed to see them win yet another trophy. Well […]

2015 Rotary Dragon Boat Race

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2015 Rotary Dragon Boat Race In July 2015 at Pugneys Wakefield, Sami’s Heroes competed in the Rotary Clubs annual Dragon Boat Race.  Emily Austin ran the event and raised well over £500 for The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust.  It was a great day for many charities and worthy causes and The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust […]

Hall Green Utd Charity Day April 2016

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Hall Green Utd Charity Day April 2016 On April 2nd a charity day was held at the home of Hall Green United, Haslegrave Sports Ground.  Catherine and her team did a great job supporting John Moore, “Shez” Dickerson and Phil Dickerson.  The Charity Day was a game of football and the teams made up from […]

The Butterfly Ball 2015 Leeds

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The Butterfly Ball 2015 Leeds Utd Centenary Pavilion November 2015 The event was hugely supported with 464 guests coming from all over the UK and all walks of life.  Compere for the evening was Mark Haywood. Football League referee and two powerful speeches were given by Nazir Afzal OBE and  Sami’s Dad Eric.  The venue […]