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Doncaster Chamber President Kelvin Fitton (right) presents cheque to Christine Rawson and Jim McLaughlin of Re-Read on behalf of the local business community

Doncaster Chamber business members raise thousands for local literacy charity

Doncaster Chamber was delighted to present local literacy charity Re-Read with a cheque for £7000 on behalf of the town’s business community.

Doncaster Chamber, the membership organisation that represents businesses of all sectors and sizes across the borough, recently held its annual business awards at Doncaster Racecourse. 

Those attendees raised the generous donation by participating in a charity prize draw on the night, and Smith Craven Chartered Accountants topped up the total amount with an additional contribution. All proceeds were donated to Re-Read, the nominated charity of Doncaster Chamber’s president, Kelvin Fitton.

Re-Read’s mandate is to support children and young people to develop their literacy; providing free, high quality books for children, individuals and communities to enhance their ability to communicate, learn and fulfil their potential. They fund their work through selling donated books online and currently have over 165,000 books on sale. Since it launched in 2012, the charity has donated 220,000 free books, with the aim of giving out one-quarter million by their fifth anniversary in April.

Doncaster Chamber president Kelvin Fitton commented: “We are delighted to be able to present this cheque to Re-Read, on behalf of local businesses, and would like to thank everyone who participated in the raffle and donated prizes.

“Through the Chamber’s Doncaster Skills Academy, we already support many local schools and students in becoming better prepared for the world of work and we understand the value of raising aspirations of young people for the betterment of themselves, businesses and the local economy. We are proud to present Re-Read with this donation to continue their valuable work to support young people – and others - with literacy skills.”

Jim McLaughlin who founded the social enterprise said: “I would like to thank all of the business people who participated in the Doncaster Business Awards raffle to raise £7,000 for Re-Read. The donation will enable us to increase the number of free books that we give out to children. We will buy some new racking to safely store the books and improve the quality of the IT equipment. It will enable us to do a lot more with children’s centres and schools to get more books into children’s hands.”

Prizes, and winners of the charity raffle: 

  • Afternoon Tea at Mount Pleasant: Michelle Martin, Doncaster College
  • Table for four at Doncaster Racecourse: Neil Brusby, JP Walton & Son
  • 2 Flybe flights to Paris: Lee-Ann Clark, YMCA Doncaster
  • Doncaster Rovers mascot package: Clive Hutton, CH Power Tools
  • Frenchgate Shopping Centre voucher and Argento bracelet: Charlotte Dimond, Sidekick PR
  • Overnight stay for two at The Crown Hotel: Laura Hirst, Pennine Stone
  • VIP visit to Vulcan to the Sky: Kevin Orton, Unipart Rail
  • Family pass for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park: Paul Wildsmith, Craven Wildsmith
  • One trial helicopter lesson: Simon Leadbear, Willmott Dixon
  • Private hospitality box for ten to Jimmy Carr, courtesy of DCLT: Ian Laycock, ProAktive
  • Two tickets to the Northern Ballet at CAST: Wendy Nicholls, The Byrne Practise
  • One month Momentum Fitness Package: Ruth Worsman, Limited2art

The winners of the 18th annual Doncaster Business Awards 2016, sponsored by Origin Broadband, were announced on Thursday 8 December during the prestigious awards ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse.

The evening saw a record breaking 920 guests from the local business community meet to celebrate and recognise business excellence in the town. 

For updates on Doncaster Chamber Business Awards 2018, visit and follow @DNChamber on Twitter.

For more information on Re-Read visit: