The Allan Ripley Foundation is a Yorkshire based not for profit social enterprise whose purpose is to support employment for excluded groups and others facing challenges in their return to work in the North and across the UK.
My father was a very kind and humble northerner, first a Cobbler, then an aid worker with the Baptist Church Missionaries providing help to Angolan refugees in the Congo. On his return to Skipton in the 1960’s he married my mother, Daphne and became a much loved Postman in the Yorkshire Dales for more than 30 years. An avid supporter of many charities he had a real soft spot for the Big Issue magazine who provide a way for the homeless to make a living and start to rebuild their lives with dignity.
In his memory, the donation we would like to raise for 2017 is £5,000 to the Big Issue to provide a passport, work clothes and a job starter kit to 20 individuals.
One of my dad’s favourite catchphrases was ‘leave ’em laughing’… he once joked that he wanted this on the gravestone! He was often the recipient of ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ awards, rather than for his sporting ability! He was also a bit of a comedian and a fantastic storyteller.
I want to celebrate this and launch this years donation by selling my laughter! See links opposite or below.
Dad was my world and is sadly missed by all our family and friends, to make a donation in his honour to the Big Issue would be amazing.