Insurance Team sponsor Ruby Slipper Ball

Lockyers Insurance prides itself on its personal service to diverse clients so when they were asked to sponsor the inaugural Ruby Slipper Ball, which supports social isolation among elderly LGBT+ people they didn’t hesitate.

And to make sure the event at the Queens Hotel was one to remember the Ossett based company donated a limited edition print featuring iconic Yorkshire artist, David Hockney, to be auctioned with a reserve of £300.

Jon Newall, CEO of Lockyers, was inspired to sponsor the first ever fund raiser in aid of Friends of Dorothy after hearing about it from founder, Craig Burton, of The Works Recruitment.

“People make all the difference to our business, both our team and our clients” said Jon. “If everyone was the same then life would be boring. At Lockyers we value the diversity of our people and appreciate that every business is different. The individuals at Lockyers work together as a great team to keep driving growth, customer service, innovation and value for money for our clients.

“The Ruby Slipper Ball took place at the start of Leeds Pride Week. Lockyers are committed to championing inclusion both within our business and local community. We supported the Ruby Slipper Ball in celebration of the importance of diversity in today’s world and the contribution made by older LGBT people.

Young Hockney with Pride

“I bought the ‘Young Hockney with Pride – Lockyers Limited Edition’ because I am a big fan and he is an iconic Yorkshire artist who was gay and supported diversity and inclusivity. It resonates with our ethos.”

Howard Rushfirth, the artist for Young Hockney with Pride created it after hearing about the work of Friends of Dorothy.

“I wanted to make a contribution and the best way is my work. I have created three limited edition works, the Hockney, Alan Bennett on Pink and Young Olympian. Sales of each will attract a donation to Friends of Dorothy with the potential to raise £8,750 for the charity.” Please click here to view the current fundraising pieces

For Craig Burton, who founded Friends of Dorothy last year to celebrate 50 years of the end of the illegalisation of homosexuality the Ruby Slipper Ball is a dream come true.

“Many elderly members of the gay community remember the early days of stigma and isolation because they were different. As they age they face a return to that isolation as their partners die and they struggle to get out and about. Friends of Dorothy provides support and social interaction.

“I’m thrilled Lockyers recognise the value of what we do and are sponsoring the Ruby Slipper Ball with this iconic Hockney print by Howard.”

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