The Skipton Press Guide To… Three Skipton Children’s Charities To Champion

Purple Patch

Skipton folk are a generous bunch; when it comes to supporting those in less fortunate situations they have kind hearts and deep pockets.  So, understanding that helping others is a big part of local life, we at The Skipton Press have decided to include a regular section on the site that champions charities in and around the Skipton area.  And we’re kicking off with three great kids’ causes to get behind.


SELFA – Extended Learning Children’s Charity

Selfa is a children’s charity that provides activities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children and their families.  Their vision is to create a community where such children experience happiness and belonging, a purpose promoted through providing after-school activities, free holiday workshops and an Oftsed-registered holiday club, all whilst raising funds for trips and breaks away.

Selfa’s dedicated staff run a constant (and constantly brilliant!) series of children’s activities, including clubs to help those with autism, sports events delivered by a qualified coach (Sam Pickard), music clubs for girls aged 10 to 16… and many more!

For a full list of activities on offer visit their website here.

The Principle Trust Children’s Charity

The Trust is a charity that understands the importance of families with disadvantaged children spending quality time together and creating wonderful to cherish forever.

To help achieve this vision, The Trust provides free, stressless holidays for children experiencing difficulties from long-term illnesses, violence, depression, disability or overcrowded and inadequate housing.  Their brilliant fundraising events means they have access to three fantastic holiday homes in Haven Holiday Park, just a few miles away from the bright lights of Blackpool.

Their current goal is to raise £50,000 for a new holiday caravan, and they’re 70% of the way there – so if you feel like getting them past the finishing post then you can visit their donation page by clicking here.

The Skipton Press has worked closely with The Trust, promoting the great charity work of Tilly Sawford, the face of The Trust.  You can read more about Tilly’s story – and her recent Pride of Britain award win – here.

Purple Patch Arts

Purple Patch Arts

Purple Patch help improve the lives of children with disabilities through the use of creative, interactive and multi-sensory teaching methods – something they call ‘The Purple Patch Approach.’

Theirs is a unique approach to teaching and learning that incorporates cutting-edge technology and sensory stimulation to tailor teaching practices to children of all abilities.

PPA’s Purple Pod, for example, takes children on a journey of discovery by igniting their senses – even those considered to be impaired – and stimulating their curiosity.  This has resulted in children demonstrating sustained focus and attention as well as improved social interaction and memory recall.

You can read more about their innovative and inclusive approach here.  (NB – Purple Patch aren’t purely a children’s charity; they do life-changing work with people of all ages.)


So, that’s our first guide to local charities and the great work they do.  If you work for a charity and would like The Skipton Press to raise awareness of your cause or any upcoming campaigns please get in touch.  Promoting such worthy efforts is the least we can do.



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