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 White, Alfie’s, the ladies dart team from the Gap, Neil and Chrisy, Tony and Karen, Bob and
Sheila, Norrie and Gail, Kev and Elaine who all donated prizes.
A big thank you to all of you who wore a onsie in order raise funds. You are all amazing. Happy New Year xxxx



Many thanks to our great new supporters,
A. Ledbeater Transport, Bradford, who raised £1, 268.00 for the Trust.
A special thank you to Alex and all the Team x





skydive st george

On October 8th  2016 The Samantha Sykes Foundation has teamed up with Sky-Dive St George at Teeside airport.  We have negotiated a great price and for as little as £50 you can have a tandem sky-dive.

The normal cost starts at £250 for a single person jumping and £200 per person for a group of 10.  To get the subsidised Sky Diving price  you will need to get sponsorship in aid of The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust, and the chart shows how much the Sky Dive costs, depending on what you raise in sponsorship.  The £50 that everyone must pay is a booking fee and is non-returnable if participants cancel.  Local transport departure points , yet to be determined,  will be arranged free of charge !! .  Anyone over 18 can participate and the weight limit is 15 Stone or 95KG.   This is a “first come first serve basis”  If you are interested please contact the charity direct on email  Sponsor forms will be given to the first 10 applicants.  There is an option to have a DVD of the sky dive but this is to be paid by the individual, please check out the link for an example Chart (1)



Can you please spare 1 minute & support us……..

Julie & Eric Sykes say:     As you are aware, in 2012 our daughter Samantha Sykes (Sami) aged just 18 years old was murdered along with the friend she was trying to help, Kimberley Frank. In 2013 we, as a family, decided that we should continue what Sami was trying to do, before her death, and help look after children who have been victims of Child Sexual Exploitation or have been in the Care System.

In 2014 we received full Registered Charity status, registration number 1161175,  and we continue to grow.  Over the few years we have been in existence we have had sponsorship both large and small by some famous names.  Puma, Total, Nationwide, Borg Warner and even Dynamo the magician, plus many many more.  We now have an opportunity to get a full 12 months sponsorship from Sainsburys,  we have been short listed to 3 charities for our area.  The final decision comes from a voting system that anyone can vote on.  What we ask for cost nothing, other than a minute of your time The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust asks that you:   CLICK HERE & VOTE    Voting is open from Monday June 13th





The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust has been nominated by Sainsbury’s, along with 2 other local charities, to take part in a competition, the winner of whom will then be supported for a year by Sainsbury’s Supermarket on Ings Road Wakefield.

This is an excellent opportunity to try and raise money for vulnerable children and young people. Please follow this  link   

We need your vote on the 13th June, Please vote for the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust!


Believe and Be Inspired

The Great North Swim June 11th 2016

John MartinJohn Martin says:  I am taking part in the Great North Swim, in Lake Windermere on the 11th June 2016, to raise money for the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust. Samantha was murdered in 2012, she was aged just 18, with her whole life ahead of her. Samantha responded to her friends request for help and was murdered as she arrived at her friends home. Sami’s uncle Ian helped setup the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust supporting young people who are, or have been, in the care of the local authority, and are thus at increased risk from Child Sexual Exploitation. Ian was my brother in law who died suddenly after taking his own life. So for both Ian & Sami I am attempting the Great North Swim. Please help me remember both Ian & Sami and make a donation to a great cause, I am honoured to be attempting this and any donation of any size is very much appreciated and will be well spent.



Race To The Stones July 16th & 17th 2016

Andrew and Neil Higson are joining some friends this July 16th & 17th in the Race to the Stones; a 100km ultra-marathon in Wiltshire. Neil & Andrew will be running to raise money for the Samantha Sykes Foundation.

Race to the stones

The Dixons Carphone Race To The Stones is a fully supported 100Km challenge along the iconic Ridgeway.  Whether Neil & Andrew run it or walk it, complete it in one go or stay overnight at the base camp, the event certainly sorts the men from the boys.

The Ridgeway described as Britain’s oldest road, runs from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North West Downs.  From the starting line to the finish next to the 5,000 year-old stone circle at Avebury, Neil & Andrew will experience some of the UK’s most breath taking scenery and pass world famous landmarks.

Please support  Neil & Andrew in what will be a phenominal challenge

The foundation’s work involves supporting young people in the Yorkshire region, specifically those who are/have been in the care of the local authority and are thus at increased risk of harm, for example, from child sexual exploitation. Their mission is to work together with other, carefully selected, not-for-profit organisations, to provide targeted support to inspire these young people to achieve their full potential.

This is a fantastic charity that we’re extremely proud to support. Every penny that you’re able to donate will make a massive difference to young people in the region.

Dig deep, give kindly, and say a little prayer for our poor feet!
Thank you,

Andy and Neil Higson



Dragon Boat Race 9th July 2016 at Pugneys, WakefieldThe Team Hard At Work

Amazing Dragon Boat Race being arranged by Emily Austin for the 9th July 2016 at Pugneys, Wakefield. An amazing opportunity to raise funds for the Trust. The cost is £20.00 per crew member which pays for the boat, interested people who want to flex a little muscle whilst having a great day out, please contact teh Trust or Emily direct on Facebook. She will require the payment by the 27th May in order to secure the boat. It will be a great fun day out for all the family. All crew members will have their own Virgin giving page to raise money for this great cause. A full day from 9.00am to 4.30pm. See you there.



Karen’s 50th birthday challenge

Karen Sykes

So I am now 49 and in 12 months I will hit 50! After the sudden and tragic death of my soul mate Ian to suicide in October I can’t say celebrating a birthday is something I want to now do. So what can I do cos coming up to 50 is a landmark birthday. My family and Ian’s family have experienced trauma that is not just a punch in the face it is life shattering. Ian’s niece Samantha Sykes was murdered in 2012, she was 18 with her whole life ahead of her. But because she responded to her friend’s request for help she ended up dead. Sami was beautiful in body and mind. Her uncle Ian my darling husband was a very intelligent kind and generous man who loved his family with his whole being so for Ian and Sami I am doing this!! Dear dear God the biggest thing will be the hair 😥

Please go to my donate page and give what you can

Thanks Karen



Planned Events (Take Part Here)

Climb Ben Nevisbennevis1

A couple of our supporters are planning to climb Ben Nevis to raise money for the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust. We have received quite a bit of interest form other people wising to join them. The event is planned for spring time (end of May) so if you are interested in taking part please email us.

We may consider overnight stays after/before and if there are enough participants/supporters we could organise a coach.

The Trust will provide sponsor forms and other support to help climbers raise as much as possible from the event.

Please drop us an email to show your interest/suggestions.

100mph 1 Mile Long Zip Wire – North WalesVelocity1

The “Big Zipper” is a 1 mile long zip-wire ride reaching speed over 100mph, whilst taking in spectacular views of the North Wales coastline. We are planning a sponsored event (depending on interest) in June to raise money for the Trust.

The cost of the run is £60 per head so all we ask is that each individual raises a minimum of £150 in sponsorship to take part. The cost of transport will be split equally between the participants and supporters.

Lets make this a typical Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust outing and possibly stop for a pub meal on the way home to de-brief and brag about our achievements. For more details of the ride CLICK HERE

If you wish to join us please email us with suggestions for the even and so we can get some idea of numbers.

Plan Your Own Event

If you wish to raise funds for the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust we would be happy to hear about your event and help you by:

  • Promoting your event here on our website
  • We will reimburse any entry fee, subject to the funds raised being 3 times the event cost
  • Promote your event by email-shot
  • Providing help and advice on how to setup the event
  • Supply Stationary templates for Sponsor Forms, Letter Heads etc
  • Time willing we may be able to attend your event to support your efforts
  • Help set up a customised My Donate page where your supporters can donate directly to your event
  • By providing any support and help we can.

To get you started why not visit our My Donate Page.

Recent Fund Raising Success

  • Christmas Card Fundraiser – £500
  • Hall Green FC Charity Soccer Match – £750
  • Butterfly Ball £11,000
  • Eastmoor FC Soccer Match £5,000