Sovereign Health Care is celebrating after donating a total of £5.8m to health and wellbeing charitable causes throughout Yorkshire over the past decade.

The company, which this year marks its 145th anniversary, made donations totalling £485,838 during 2017, which enabled it to achieve the £5.8m mark.

The donations supported local causes in areas such as Leeds, Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, Wetherby, Wakefield and Haworth as well as national organisations such as Barnardo’s, The Salvation Army, NSPCC, Royal British Legion and Heart Research UK.

Among the 146 organisations to receive donations in 2017 was Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, which secured £2,000 towards its free out-of-hours transportation service across the region. In Leeds, Clowns in the Sky, a charity which supports children with brain tumours, received £800 to stock its sensory and activity trolleys with craft materials, toys and games.

Sovereign Health Care supports both large and small organisations and events, such as Bradford Winter School Games, which was granted £2,000 towards its annual sports tournament. Similarly, Keighley Association for Women and Children’s Centre received £5,000 to continue delivering outreach work, training and skills development to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children in the town.

During the past ten years, Sovereign Health Care has made a number of significant donations to local good causes. The largest was £300,000 to Bradford’s Marie Curie Hospice in 2014. This enabled the charity to build a brand new wing, complete with en-suite rooms and state-of-the-art breathing equipment to support people living with a terminal illness.

Sovereign Health Care chief executive, Russ Piper, said: “Each year, any surplus we make is available to reinvest into the business or donate to community and charitable causes with a health and wellbeing focus.

“This has enabled us to donate, on average, £500,000 each year over the past decade. Our loyal customers make this possible, and that is why our charitable donations are focused within Yorkshire as this is where the majority of our customers reside.

“We have a long history of charitable giving, and it is something that sets us apart within the highly competitive health insurance industry. Donating a total of £5.8m over a ten-year period is something all of us at Sovereign Health Care are particularly proud of.”

Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest established providers of health care cash plans to individuals and businesses, with nearly 75,000 customers. Its cash plans enable customers to claim money back towards the cost of prescriptions, dental check-ups and treatment, visits to the optician and much more.

Being able to recoup some of these costs encourages individuals to keep on top of their health care by taking preventative measures, helping to reduce the impact on the NHS, which celebrates its own 70th anniversary this year.

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