Leeds-based Sanctuary Bathrooms has raised £1,000 to donate to local Yorkshire charity Special Needs and Parents Support, after a tie-up with local boxing legend and charity patron Josh Warrington.
The company's original relationship with the boxer started in 2019 when Warrington visited Sanctuary Bathrooms director Des Roberts after he was in hospital following heart surgery. To show their gratitude, the Sanctuary Bathrooms team embarked on the fundraising effort in aid of SNAPS, and raised the money over the weekend of a big fight, where £10 from every order made was donated. After raising £710, the company then topped it up to meet the £1,000 milestone.
"We were stunned and humbled that Josh Warrington came to see my Dad when he was ill last year," said Sanctuary Bathrooms director James Roberts. "We couldn’t thank him enough for his kindness and so we felt it was right that we gave something back by sponsoring him and his team ahead of his big fight.
“To tie in with this, we felt it was a great opportunity to give something back to the local community too, especially given the current climate when many charities are struggling to raise money. We’re proud to support a charity like SNAPS Yorkshire that offers vital support to children with special needs and their families, and one that, as a patron, is close to Josh Warrington’s heart.”
Jenny Sellers, community fundraising manager from SNAPS Yorkshire, added: “We have been incredibly grateful to have Josh Warrington as a patron of SNAPS for a number of years and we are thrilled that he put us forward to be supported by Sanctuary Bathrooms. As a small charity, we rely on the generosity of companies like Sanctuary Bathrooms to keep supporting children with additional needs and their families in the local area during this difficult time, and we cannot thank them enough for raising such a fantastic amount in just one weekend!”
As the charity is currently unable to run face-to-face services, the money is going to be used to help provide alternatives such as activity packs for children in craft, baking and gardening, as well as remote physiotherapy sessions for children, and counselling sessions for parents.