Many years ago, as part of a successful and growing company Rob Yong and his employees wanted to give something back and therefore they donated to various national and local charities annually. There was, however a problem with this as it was difficult to see what directly benefited individuals and how much money was swallowed up in administration costs. Therefore at the company’s annual conference in 2003, the employees voted to set up their own registered charity, funded by donations from employee’s wages and the company’s profits with the company footing all the administration costs. This meant 100% of donations went to worthy causes. The charity was legally registered with the charity commission as the Tishie Yong Foundation for the Disabled (Reg. Charity No. 1104927) by the firm, Grant Thornton, who kindly agreed to audit the accounts free of charge each financial year.
The geographical areas covered are the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire.
Nearly all Dusk Till Dawn employees donate 1% of their salary to the charity though a salary sacrifice scheme, some staff chose to give more than 1%. Some staff donate their spare time free of charge too. Each year the management at least doubles the total amount of money that has been donated by the employees, they also fund the entire administration costs of the charity ensuring that every penny raised can be used in grants. Money is also donated voluntarily by individual donors and occasional fundraising events.
Zoe Lander, Fund Manager
Zoe has worked with Robert since 2000. She began making donations in 2003 and started volunteering her time with the charity in 2012. She is now responsible for social media, following up applications, liaising between applicants and the trustees, and reviewing the success of our donations.
Rebecca Warwick, ACMA, Financial Director, DTD Leisure
Responsible for all financial and legal administration of the charity, Rebecca has worked with Robert since 1999.
Robert Yong, ACMA, CEO, DTD Leisure
As a trustee, Robert’s focus is to ensure that donations are targeted towards improving the quality of life of disabled people. His younger sister, Tishie, is the inspiration behind the charity.
Brenda Yong, B.Ed. (Hons).
Mother to Robert and Tishie, Brenda has worked with disabled people for over 20 years, initially as a class teacher in a special school and then as a specialist advisory teacher for physically impaired pupils in Derbyshire. Brenda has been heavily involved with the charity since it’s inception in 2003.
Dusk Till Dawn Staff
Dusk Till Dawn employees donate 1% of their salary to the charity though a salary sacrifice scheme, some staff chose to give more than 1%. Some staff donate their spare time free of charge too.