A Huddersfield resident who established a charity inspired by her son is celebrating after winning a community hero award.
Swinton Group launched a nationwide search as part of its diamond anniversary celebrations to find 10 'diamonds' who make a difference in their local communities.
Ali Waterworth has won the award for her work with Ruddi’s Retreat - a charity which provides families with ill children access to a holiday home for free using the two caravans they own at Primrose Valley Caravan Park, near Filey.
At six and a half months old, Ali’s son Ruddi was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is now in remission.
It was during this time that Ruddi and his family were offered a holiday to a caravan park to enjoy some quality time together. Ali was inspired to establish Ruddi’s Retreat to help other families have that same experience.
Ali also runs Ruddi’s Tea Shop and Treat Rooms on Manchester Road where all the profits go into Ruddi’s Retreat.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, which took place at Ruddi’s Tea Shop and Treat Rooms on Tuesday 12th September, Ms Waterworth said: “Swinton’s search for community diamonds is a great way to celebrate the good work happening in our local area and the donation will make a huge difference to our charity.
“Charitable donations often stop once a child is in remission so we plan to use the donation to provide more holidays to families going through this difficult time, away from the hospital environment.”
Lee McGreevy, customer service manager at Swinton Group’s Huddersfield branch, said: “Ali’s commitment to Ruddi’s Retreat and using her family’s experience to benefit others facing similar challenges is truly inspiring.
“We designed our search for ‘Swinton Diamonds’ to celebrate local heroes like Ali. We hope this donation will help her continue the important work she is doing. Community spirit is incredibly important to us at Swinton, so this is our chance to give something back to those who go the extra mile.”
Swinton Group is donating to community organisations and charities up and down the country throughout September as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.