November, 2020

Leyburn supermarket supports social enterprise

Group Hug has been chosen as one of the Co-Op’s local community fund partners for the Leyburn store.

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/18870737.dales-social-enterprise-chosen-community-fund

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October, 2020

Leyburn supermarket supports social enterprise

Group Hug has been chosen as one of the Co-Op’s local community fund partners for the Leyburn store.

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Group Hug Chosen for the Co-op Local Community Fund

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September, 2020

Coverage The Saddleroom fund raising effort £3012.00 Raised. http://www.thesaddleroom.co.uk/

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/dales-restaurant-hands-over-3000-to-support-mental-health-app/

 

The Saddleroom Fund Raising Effort £3012

The Saddleroom Fund Raising Effort £3012

 

Richmondshire Today Magazine Goody Bag Drop

August, 2020

Coverage of the new “Get 5 A Day for your Mental Health” campaign.

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/leyburn-social-enterprise-continues-work-with-businesses-to-promote-happiness

Richmondshire Today Magazine Goody Bag Drop

Get 5 A Day for your Mental Health

August, 2020

New Campaign Launched – Get 5 A Day for your Mental Health

Get 5 a Day for your Mental Health

June, 2020

Video Created using the BBC Radio York – Make a Difference Hero Award Radio Program

BBC Radio York Make a Difference Hero

May, 2020

The Launch of The Saddle Room Restaurant Charitable Take Away in aid of Group Hug covered in the Richmondshire Today.

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/restaurant-take-away-service-raises-money-for-dales-social-enterprise/

The Saddle Room near Middleham

The Saddle Room near Middleham

Richmondshire Today Magazine Goody Bag Drop

May, 2020

The Northern Echo online covered the launch of The Saddleroom Restaurant charitable Takeway with all profits going to Group Hug

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/18454203.take-away-service-will-support-social-enterprise-idea/

The Saddle Room near Middleham

The Saddle Room near Middleham

May, 2020

Appeared online in the Northern Echo online “Salt of the Earth” Article

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18465112.group-hug-across-dales/

 

 

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May, 2020

Appeared in the Darlington and Stockton Times Print “Salt of the Earth” Article

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/

 

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May, 2020

The Launch of Group Hug Goody Bag Project 2, the “We Will Meet Again” campaign continues.

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/nominations-wanted-for-recipients-to-receive-mental-health-boosting-goody-bags/

Richmondshire Today Magazine Goody Bag Drop

April, 2020

“We Will Meet Again” – Darlington and Stockton Times – Story Coverage

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk

April, 2020

“We Will Meet Again” – BBC Look North – With Phil Chapman

https://twitter.com/phillipchapman7/status/1255203097959370752

 

.BBC New Look North with Phil Chapman

April, 2019

In a small corner of the Yorkshire Dales, a friendly flock of chickens is saving lives

With Easter just around the corner, Nikki Brady spoke to former Leeds businessman Jonathan Greenwood about his move to the countryside and how he’s turned fresh eggs and an Instagram account into hundreds of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research

For thousands of years, eggs have symbolised new life and rebirth.

So it’s fitting that former businessman Jonathan Greenwood, 50, has found new purpose in giving away his chickens’ freshly-laid offerings in return for donations to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

This time last year, Jonathan was living near Leeds and making a daily commute. He’d worked in and around the city centre for more than 10 years, and for a long time believed this was the life he was destined for.

But the daily routine had taken its toll. After employing a life coach, Jonathan realised he’d been suffering from depression for a very long time.

In 2008, Jonathan’s mother-in-law died from bowel cancer. Looking back, he pinpoints this as the trigger that led to the decline of his mental health.

Just four years later, Jonathan’s father Keith died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

“I hadn’t realised how much their deaths had affected me. The life coach very quickly spotted signs of depression. I recognised I was deeply unhappy and I needed to make a huge change,” he explains.

In October last year, Jonathan made the brave decision to relocate to Leyburn, a small market town in Wensleydale, and work from home.

With Penhill rising majestically in the view from his living room window and chickens roaming free in the garden, the idyllic Yorkshire lifestyle Jonathan now leads is an existence people across the world dream of. 

“I moved with only a coffee pot and a blow up bed,” he admits. “I’d always wanted chickens as a child, so buying a coop was one of the first things I did. I just love them. They’re so friendly, and each one has their own personality.”

Jonathan fell so in love with his chickens that he gave them all names, including ‘Meatloaf’ and ‘Benedict’. When his happy hens began laying more eggs than he could consume, he saw a fundraising opportunity.

Jonathan says: “There’s a local volunteer group based in Leyburn which raises money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. As soon as I moved in I was introduced to the charity and invited along to a coffee morning.

“I’d always wanted to do something as a thank you for the treatment and care my dad received. Everywhere you go there’s somebody shaking a charity box. I wanted to do something different. I decided to give the eggs away for free in return for donations, and I’m amazed by how well it’s been received.”

Not long after Jonathan moved to Leyburn, his aunt was diagnosed with cancer in her throat and passed away just five weeks later on Jonathan’s 50th birthday. This made Jonathan even more determined to raise as much as possible for new research and services in Yorkshire.

 To help his eggs along, Jonathan decided to set up an Instagram account. He now posts daily on the social media channel, allowing users a unique insight into his ‘new life in operation’. More than 1,600 people now follow his account, and some travel far and wide to pick up a box of his now legendary eggs.

Jonathan’s fundraising total currently stands at more than £500 after just three months. He matches every donation made with money from his own pocket.

“I’ve got lots of other fundraising ideas up my sleeve, and they’re all about celebrating local produce and the benefits of living out in the countryside. Now I’d rather spend all my time raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research than making money for myself.”

When he first moved to Leyburn Jonathan didn’t know anyone, but he’s since made lots of new friends. He’s immersed himself in the community, joining the East Witton Male Voice Choir – a pastime his dad also enjoyed – and getting to know the local farmers and businessmen. 

Jonathan is equally passionate about helping the Instagram community. He now blogs about his depression, sharing his experiences with cancer and inspiring others to make changes to their lives. 

His healthy eating videos and blogs are also a firm favourite with his followers, who enjoy watching him cook new recipes in his kitchen. He’s even vowed to give up alcohol until Easter.

 “If I can help one person feel better about themselves then I’m happy,” Jonathan says. “I know what it’s like to hate waking up every morning. I also know what it’s like when people you love are diagnosed with cancer. I want to start conversations on Instagram so people feel less alone. So much more needs to be done to support family members and friends.”

To follow Jonathan on Instagram, visit 

www.instagram.com/yorkshiredales.life.

April, 2019

News article in the Northern Echo paper on my story. It is also published online.
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17575167.ex-businessman-drops-city-life-for-leyburn-and-his-hens/ 

April, 2019

News article in the Life and Style suppliment of the Yorkshire Post.

May, 2019

 

News article in the Your Life – Yorkshire Evening Post paper edition.

May, 2019

 

News article in Darlington and Stockton Times, press coverage of the fund raising effor for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/17575170.ex-businessman-drops-city-life-for-leyburn-and-his-hens/