The groups have been chosen, the investing Dragons confirmed – How much from the £30k pot will each charity secure?

Out of the forty-seven local charities that applied to pitch at Two Ridings Community Foundation’s Dragons’ Den event, the six have been chosen and they are busy preparing their pitches to secure thousands in funding for their community projects.

The Yorkshire grant making charity received a bumper number of applications from groups all over the region wanting to showcase their organisation to six Yorkshire business folk – the Dragons – eager to invest in great local groups.

Six community groups are pitching, all who support a diverse range of Yorkshire folk.

Big Futures Foundation in York support children and their families with their emotional wellbeing, resilience and life skills.

York Racial Equality Network (YREN) provide Race Hate support for minority ethnic families all over North Yorkshire as well as projects to unite people through common experiences overcoming isolation, loneliness and inequality.

Sight Support Ryedale offer practical and emotional support to people who are blind or partially sighted, enabling sight impaired people to live active and independent lives.

Driffield Men in Sheds provide a sociable meeting workshop for men of all ages to take up an old hobby or learn a new one, in a friendly, supportive environment.

Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre, a busy local centre, alleviates local poverty and social deprivation, with their active youth group, advice service, food bank and credit union. (Photo of Cherry Tree Community Centre © Beverley Life)

City of Hull Sport and Community Group use the power of boxing to bring the community together to participate in projects that tackle health, social, and employment inequalities.

Each group has 4 minutes to describe who they are, what they do, what they need and why their project matters.

Hosted by the High Sheriffs’ of North Yorkshire and East Riding, at Birdsall House in Malton on the 14th October, this Dragons’ Den is a little different from the ruthless TV series. At this Den, no group goes away empty handed. Each one will come away with a part share of a £30k pot donated by the Dragons, the High Sheriffs and matched by Two Ridings. Not only that but they get the opportunity to showcase their organisations to many influential Yorkshire folk in the audience.

What’s more the Dragons are not expecting a slick presentation – it’s all about the presenters’ passion for their projects and the benefits they bring to their community and the people they support.

It is sure to be an uplifting, exciting event.

Bob Beautyman, Director of City of Hull Sport and Community Group said

‘We are really excited and looking forward to pitching to the Dragons’ Den. Our club is the hub of our local community in Hull and we give lots of opportunities to local young people to engage in physical activity and learning. We want to raise funds to support the kids and families on our estate.’

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive at Two Ridings said

‘We were blown away by the number of groups that applied for Dragons’ Den this year, we think we have selected a real diverse mix so that the Dragons get a great sense of the exciting things that are happening in our region and how empowering their support is for the local people and communities. I know the Dragons and High Sheriffs are very excited about meeting the groups  – and you know what? – they are not scary dragons at all!’

People who want to attend Dragons’ Den can buy a £30 ticket which includes Drinks and Canapes. All revenue from ticket sales go to pitching charity groups.