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Thank you for all your votes to nominate our Charity of the Year for 2022. This year we received nearly 1.9k of them! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for their favourite local charity, and congratulations to your choice Ryedale Special Families.

This fantastic independent charity began in the early 1990’s when a group of 20 families of disabled children started to meet in their own homes in order to share challenges and experiences, as well as offering mutual support to each other. Although they have grown significantly since those early years, their fundamental principles have not changed. Today they support the families and young adults with disabilities, additional needs and illness throughout Ryedale, and their work falls within four areas – information, advice and guidance, social groups, 1 to 1 flexible care and family activities. The charity have managed to buy a plot of land and are looking to raise £1m to enable them to build new premises so they can expand the range of services they currently offer across the region.

We plan this Summer to fully support the charity with our fundraising efforts and we will need your help! We have already launched a NEW Limited Edition product, and our Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with Lemon, Garlic, Oregano & Thyme joins our range of flavoured oils, but when it’s gone, it’s gone! With 35p of the proceeds from each sale donated to support the charity. Full of Summer flavour, we’ve really enjoyed creating this delicious product, and developing some summer recipes to bring out the best of the flavour too.

However, we love it best when our team gets involved with our fundraising efforts and this year we set them a physical challenge.

On Saturday 9 July, our team set out to complete the challenging circular 44 mile trail, The Wold Rangers Way. It was the perfect route for us, with it passing through Thixendale, where we started and ended the walk. Passing through the natural beauty of the Wolds where we live and work, we uncovered amazing chalk landscapes and dry valleys, saw stunning wildlife and enjoyed a stop off or two in market towns and ancient villages.

With an early start of 5.30am our first team of walkers left Thixendale. We split the 44 mile route into 4 sections, where we stopped, re-fuelled and swapped over walkers. The minimum distance taken on was 11 miles, with some of the team walking a whopping 33 miles! We finished 17 hours later back at the pub in Thixendale!

It was a seriously warm day, and the team, as ever, were amazing. We are so proud of everyone who took part, and so grateful to everyone who has already donated, but we'd like to raise event more for this amazing local charity to ensure that Ryedale Special Families can offer the full range of services needed to support their families going forward.

Please donate via link below, or share our fundraising story with others. Along with the families that Ryedale Special Families support, our team would be very grateful too.



Our nominated Charity for 2021 was Downright Special. This amazing charity supports children with Down syndrome in Hull and the East Riding. They were our chosen charity for 2020, but as the year did not go to plan for anyone, we decided to continue supporting them into 2021.

The charity originally started in 2007 by a group of parents, they set out to provide support to each other and any other parents who had children with Down syndrome. This quickly developed into an organised group giving emotional, practical and educational support to families from birth onwards. They do this with no funding from statutory agencies, like the local authority or NHS.

We popped to meet them on one of their weekly Special Fridays Groups where their specialist team and valuable volunteers hold a play and learning group, and at the same time bring families together. We saw first-hand the bond between the children and the team and it was such a positive experience - we could have stayed all day! They work with small groups and focus on speech and language skills whilst having fun sessions too. We even learnt some Makaton sign language whilst there!

The support they provide is second to none, and changes with every stage of their development, from new parent packs distributed on maternity and neo-natal wards, to an outreach service for schools and nurseries, and training for both professionals and parents.

Their goal is simple – to build a brighter future for children with Down syndrome. 

Our first fundraising challenge took place in Down Syndrome Week in March 2021. We thought this would be the perfect week to kick off our 2021 fundraising support. From 15-21 March, some of our team members took on a 500 Mile Challenge, where we walked, cycled or ran 500 miles collectively as a team. Not only did we smash our 500 mile target in steps, but we also raised over £4,000 whilst doing so. We'd like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising across the week - your generosity was overwhelming.

Fundraising has also been supported with our Limited Edition product, Lemon & Lavender Gin Dressing.

Some of the Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil Team preparing for their Charity Challenge YRO500 in March 2021 for Downright Special

Jennie with some of the Downright Special team and children they support


In 2019 we supported Nice2BNice, a small, Hull based charity working as part of the Life for a Kid Foundation. Set up with the aim to help children in need in the Hull and East Riding area through different services, to date they have helped hundreds of children and their families. Providing sensory rooms and the support of a therapy dog for disadvantaged children is just a couple of the ways in which they do it.  Lewis the Therapy Dog is registered at Hull Royal Infirmary and visits the children’s wards on a weekly basis to provide comfort and support to all the children in what is a scary environment for them. 

We had a great time supporting them with a donation from the sales of our Limited Edition product Yorkshire Blue Cheese Dressing, and we held a Charity Beer Festival where we had huge and generous support from local business sponsors and beer drinkers alike! Over £2,700 was raised to support this charity to bring more smiles on children's faces!

David and Marcelle launching our Limited Charity Edition Blue Cheese Dressing


2017 was the first time to have a local charity dedicated to fundraise for. We decided to support a new local charity through 2018, Our B.O.Y.'s Fund, following a local school child, Ben, developed a rare renal tumour. We're delighted to report that we raised a total of £1,200 which went help children affected with this rare cancer. We can also very happily report that Ben is now clear of the disease.

We had great fun taking part in the Yorkshire marathon as part of a relay team, and York 10k, although it was rather warm! Not only that, 35p from the sale of each bottle of our Limited Edition Lime Oil was also donated to the charity.

Previous to this we had great fun fundrasing for another fabulous charity, Candlelighters.

Jennie and Ben's Mum, Lucy meeting up to handover the totals and celebrate the good news!