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£1,301raised of £5,000 target by 34 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,301 to make a donation in my dad's memory, Allan Ripley, to the Big Issue to provide passports, work clothes and back to work kits for 20 people.

    Skipton, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Tuesday, 15th August 2017

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    This picture is me, Joanna Ripley and my amazing dad, Allan Ripley, who would have been 84 years old on May 7th 2017. Sadly we had to say goodbye to him on December 20th, 2013.

    My father was a very kind and humble northerner, first a Cobbler, then as 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.

    The Allan Ripley Foundation will be 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.

    The donation for 2017 will be £5,000 to the Big Issue to provide a passport, work clothes and a job starter kit to 20 individuals.

    Many thanks for your support,


    PS. Some of you will remember that my father was often the recipient of 'Sports Personality of the Year' awards, rather than for his sporting achievements! He was a bit of a comedian and a fantastic storyteller.

    This year on May 7th (would have been Dad's birthday) it is 'World Laughter Day' and I have hosted some clips of my infamous cackle/laughter at www.theallanripleyfoundation.org for anyone to purchase to help reach the 5k target. The ringtones are only 99p. Bargain! LOL.

    I only need about 8,000 people around the world to purchase my laughter and we have reached the target! Please let all your family, friends and colleagues know!

    Thank you. :-)



    • Joanna Ripleya month ago
      Joanna Ripley

      Joanna Ripley

      a month ago

      So this first round of fundraising ends in a couple of days... I just wanted to say a very heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made a donation and also to say that we have raised a further £87 through my laughter sales. So far that means we have an amazing £1,388 to kick start this project which is fantastic and we are well on our way to raising the £5k that the Big Issue North so desperately need. It was with complete sadness that I read all the latest homeless stats from Shelter today and I know that the magazine gives people a real chance.

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    • Joanna Ripley2 months ago
      Joanna Ripley

      Joanna Ripley

      2 months ago

      Massive thank you for your generosity Clare! :-)

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    • Joanna Ripley3 months ago
      Joanna Ripley

      Joanna Ripley

      3 months ago

      Massive thank you for your generosity Mrs D! Sending love to you also!

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    5 months ago

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    • Anonymous


      Jul 11, 2017


    • Lisa Drage

      Lisa Drage

      Jun 22, 2017

      Sending love


    • Gary Eccles

      Gary Eccles

      Jun 21, 2017

      This is towards a fabulous cause in memory of a great man. If you are watching Alan I'm sure you are as proud as I am of your lovely daughter. We all miss you greatly old pal. xx


    • Garth christie

      Garth christie

      Jun 13, 2017

      Good luck with the fund raising Jo from all your friends & colleagues at Hazel4D


    • Anonymous


      Jun 1, 2017

      Donation from Cynthia and Peter Rymer, 'Remembering a wonderful little brother - Good luck Joanna'.


    • Anonymous


      Jun 1, 2017

      Kindly donated by Stephen Butcher.


    • James Pickard

      James Pickard

      Jun 1, 2017

      Massive thanks from the Pickard's team.Couldn't have done it without you.Xx


    About the fundraiser
    Joanna Ripley

    Joanna Ripley

    Skipton, United Kingdom

    My father was my world and is missed every day by our whole family. I would like 'The Allan Ripley Foundation', a social enterprise, to be set up in his memory as a way to pay my father's kindness forward.

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