A-SAFE raises £7,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

28 February 2019

Staff at Elland-based safety barrier company A-SAFE have donated £7,500 to Yorkshire Cancer Research following a year of fundraising. 

The team took part in a variety of sporting events during 2018, including the Great North Run and the Selby Three Swans Sportive. A family fun day was also held at Elland Cricket Club, raising £3,000.

A-SAFE has supported Yorkshire Cancer Research for many years. Audrey Habergham, the grandmother of owners James and Luke Smith, became heavily involved with the charity after her husband was diagnosed with cancer. 

Mrs Habergham supported David and Julie Smith during the founding of A-SAFE, formerly known as A-FAX. She worked within the accounts department alongside her daughter, Julie. A-FAX was originally a manufacturer of polythene film. The business soon expanded to include plastic cores, then plastic pallets, leading to the invention of industrial strength polymer safety barrier - becoming the A-SAFE known today. 

Mrs Habergham worked for the business for more than 20 years until she was in her 80s. Following her passing, James and Luke continued her charitable work and have maintained a close relationship with the charity.

A-SAFE has now raised more than £20,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which funds research and health services across the region. 

James Smith, Co-owner and Managing Director of A-SAFE, said: “Our staff at A-SAFE have done a great job raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, a charity very close to our hearts. It is an honour to support such a wonderful organisation. We are looking forward to more charity events and fundraising activities in the years ahead - even bigger and better than previous years.” 
Juliet Glendinning, Commercial Director at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are extremely grateful for the long-term support offered to Yorkshire Cancer Research by the team at A-SAFE. Their commitment to raising money for the charity is impressive, with members of staff regularly pushing themselves to the limit to help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.”

For more information on partnerships with Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/partnerships.




Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
  • For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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