York-based JMG Townends has helped raise £9k for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity as part of its group’s fundraising efforts to raise £45k in its 45th anniversary year.

JM Glendinning – the Yorkshire headquartered insurance, financial services and health and safety group, of which JMG Townends is part, has collectively raised £45,274 throughout 2018 to share between five selected charities.

The charities are

  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Sue Ryder Wheatfields and Manorlands Hospices
  • the Leeds Cancer Centre
  • Bradley Lowery Foundation
  • Alzheimer’s Society.


Representatives from all five met with the JM Glendinning fundraising team to receive the donations.

The charities were chosen by employees as the areas in which the charities work have affected people close to them and some have supported loved ones at times when most needed.

Generosity and support

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Katie Collinson, Corporate & Partnerships Manager for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, says: “We would like to thank JM Glendinning and JMG Townends for their generosity and support and congratulate them on their 45th anniversary.

“It costs £12,000 per day to maintain and run the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the £9,000 will greatly support our mission to keep saving lives across the Yorkshire region.”

Group MD Nick Houghton says:

  • It was fantastic to meet the charities and to hear about how the donations will help their work.

    I’m extremely proud of our achievements and of our staff for their involvement in the fundraising challenges. We’re very grateful for their support, and support from friends, suppliers and customers, in helping us to reach our target.


David Fryer and Jane Haddon from JMG Townends completed a 282-mile cycling challenge from France to the UK as part of the Pedal 4 Pounds initiative to raise money as part of the group initiative.

In addition, the fundraising team also organised events including a charity golf day; a black-tie ball; charity go-karting and tenpin bowling. A number of staff also opted for salary sacrifice for dress-down Fridays, others arranged quiz nights and bake-offs and some set themselves physical challenges.