Let June Make A Difference was established in 2015 to offer a helping hand to children and young people living or studying in North Kirklees.
June Dewhirst (1951 – 2014) was a very special lady with a lifelong interest in the well-being of children. Following her death in April 2014, her family decided to create a charity in her honour with its core purpose being to improve the circumstances of children where June lived in West Yorkshire.
We exit to help children and young people aged up to 17 (at the start of the academic year) through the provision of grants to improve their quality of life. We act purely on the basis of referrals from local professionals such as teachers, faith leaders and social workers.
Let June Make A Difference consists of a board of seven Trustees who meet formally six times a year to discuss general charity matters and grant applications. In addition to the formal meetings, the Trustees meet to discuss specific applications and work towards a two week turnaround time from receipt to a formal decision.
The current board of Trustees is as follows:
Colin Bradley, Debbie Dewhirst, Graham Dewhirst, Matthew Dewhirst, Phillip Dewhirst,
Andy Glennon and Sarah Osborn
I am a former air-stewardess and a hotel sales representative. I am now a mother of two energetic girls aged 8 and 6. Being a Trustee is very rewarding and enjoyable.
I am a pilot flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner all over the world. I am the proud dad of two girls and I enjoy football, cooking and travel. I have a keen interest in all areas of modern technology, and am the unofficial "technical adviser" to the Trustees.
I was married to June for forty one years and am the father of Matthew and Phillip. I spent my career in the investment industry and have also had Trustee appointments at various other charities. My interests include sport, music and reading.
I have held a variety of positions in the music industry and now run my own company. I am a trustee of the National Music Council and am a rusty pianist and saxophonist. I also enjoy cycling and a good TV box set.
I was born in Dewsbury and went to school in Wakefield. I studied music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and then undertook legal studies at the College of Law and qualified as a solicitor in 2005. I returned to music after qualification, firstly working as a music agent for IMG Artists and, since 2009, as a Senior Grant and Assessment Officer at the UK's leading music charity, Help Musicians UK.
I have recently retired having held senior management positions within the Food and Dairy industries. I am married with two daughters and one granddaughter who take advantage of my DIY skills. I am a Christian and practice my faith at the Salvation Army. I enjoy DIY, music and, when possible, golf.
I am the Trustee responsible for financial management and compliance. I am a Chartered Accountant and have worked in both the Investment and Manufacturing industries. I am married to Michelle, have two grown up children and live in Guiseley. I am a keen sports fan being both a Bradford City season ticket holder and a member of Yorkshire County Cricket club.
I am also the Chair of Governors at my former primary school in Bradford.