Award-winning charity campaigner Yasmin Khan has thanked those who helped raise nearly £2,500 for the Teesside-based Halo Project at the Tees Businesswomen Awards.
Yasmin, who was keynote speaker at the awards attended by more than 440 people, is chief officer of the Middlesbrough charity that’s dedicated to helping victims of abuse including forced marriage and honour-based violence.
Having won the Inspiring Others category the inaugural Businesswomen Awards in 2018, Yasmin was invited to talk more about the challenges her charity – and community generally – is facing at this year’s event.
And an envelope collection among the Tees Business-organised event’s attendees raised £2,422 for the Halo Project.
Yasmin, who also acts as an advisor to the Welsh government, said: “We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to the generosity of those who attended the Tees Businesswomen Awards ceremony.
“Not only have we been given an exceptional platform to break down the barriers for women experiencing abuse in the North-East, but we are immensely grateful and humbled to have raised such an outstanding amount.
“The proceeds will be extremely beneficial at this time of year. We will be able to provide emergency packs for those fleeing violence and help to provide a safe and comfortable surrounding for families. We cannot thank you enough for your kind help and support.”
Asked about the impact of the awards, Yasmin added: “Since last year’s ceremony, I’ve been afforded opportunities to raise the awareness of vulnerable women and girls to new audiences, and explored new partnerships for meeting some of the disadvantages they face.”
Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan, who along with Martin Walker is a director of the publication’s owners, Resolution Media & Publishing, said: “Yasmin is a leading light in the Tees region and her charity is carrying out such outstanding and challenging work.
“The Halo Project is an absolute force for good and we were proud to be associated with and give a further voice to such an important charity.”