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£79,000 plus windfall for four South Yorkshire charities

£79,000 plus windfall for four South Yorkshire charities

Following the voluntary liquidation of not for profit organisation Sheffield Crossroads Ltd at the end of May this year, liquidators from Begbies Traynor in Sheffield have confirmed that the charity’s remaining funds amounting to over £79,000 have been re-distributed to four nominated local charities.

Allocations have been made to the Alzheimer's Society Sheffield branch; Sheffield Young Carers Project; Parkinson's UK Sheffield branch; and Crossroads Care Rotherham. All of the organisations will use these funds to support carers in Sheffield.

Set up in 1998, Sheffield Crossroads provided services to carers of adults and children with physical disabilities and sensory impairment. As well as providing carer support workers to give carers of adults a few hours’ break during the day, the charity also offered various children’s services including providing families with support by taking their children into the community for an activity or looking after children in the home. Its main service contracts were from Sheffield City Council and the local Primary Care Trust and also from the Sheffield Parkinson Society and a few private clients.

In March 2012, Sheffield City Council and NHS announced that Sheffield Crossroads had to submit a new tender for the contracts under which it provided adult carer services.

Unfortunately Sheffield Crossroads was not successful with their bid and its main source of funding for many years came to an end at the end of September 2012. The adult carer service work was transferred to another service provider. As a result the trustees took the decision to cease trading and worked with Begbies Traynor to close the business in an orderly way.

Following a TUPE exercise carried out with the new provider of adult carer services the majority of Sheffield Crossroads employees were eligible for transfer on 30 September 2012.

One of the main beneficiaries of the surplus funds from Sheffield Crossroads is Rotherham Crossroads which provides a range of support services for carers and worked closely with Sheffield Crossroads. The Sheffield branch of Alzheimer’s Society which provides support services to carers of those suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s will also benefit, as will Parkinson’s UK in Sheffield which provides breaks for carers; and Sheffield Young Carers which gives support and breaks for carers under 21.

Adrian Graham at Begbies Traynor in Sheffield, commented: “It’s good news that despite the demise of Sheffield Crossroads, the not for profit organisation is continuing to have a positive impact on the local community. The charity’s aims are continuing with the re-distribution of almost £80,000 of funds to four deserving charities which provide practical support to carers in the Sheffield area.”

Julie Palmer

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Julie Palmer

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Julie is a law graduate who qualified with Price Waterhouse in 1994. Julie joined Smith & Williamson in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. With Mike Stevenson, Julie set up Middleton Partners offices in Salisbury and Southampton, both of which are now part of Begbies Traynor.

Julie is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the None Administrative Receivers Association and is a Fellow of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Julie deals with all aspects of Corporate Recovery and turnaround work and takes all form of personal insolvency appointments.

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