Multi-award winning partnership with leading charity exceeding all expectations

Multi-award winning partnership with leading charity exceeding all expectations

HEY Smile Foundation has been helping small local charities since 2009. At the time the partnership with Gosschalks was formed in 2011, Smile were supporting four local charities per year. Since moving into Gosschalks, Smile is now supporting in the region of 400 local charities per year through their various initiatives.

Pivotal to this success is the relationship with Gosschalks, who house the charity and cover all of their main operational overheads helping them to adopt an extremely efficient delivery model.  

Andy Barber, Charity Manager at HEY Smile Foundation, comments:

“There is little doubt that the move into Gosschalks was the catalyst for our rapid but sustainable growth.

"The most pleasing thing is that we have been able to grow organically with the knowledge that we have the substantial backing of such a trusted and powerful business, whose reputation alone has been a major contributing factor to additional support from a wide range of businesses here in East Yorkshire and beyond.” 

As the number of charities Smile work with has increased, so too has the volume of support required from the team at Smile.

To enable numbers to grow and the quality of support to increase, Smile now offer free charity surgeries to help address the fundamental issues involved in the day-to-day running of a charity. These free surgeries provide advice on areas such as fundraising, charity structuring, corporate governance, contracting, intellectual property and business modelling.

Andy Barber continues: “Many people set up and run charities due to personal tragedies or because they want to raise public awareness for rare medical conditions, combat difficult social issues or address neglected causes.

"However, they often find it difficult to get the charity off the ground or find themselves struggling to manage the important back offices challenges, IT issues or dealing with the legal and financial implications that the responsibility of running a charity demands.

“The surgeries provide charities with the opportunity to seek initial free advice from Smile on an appointment basis, either face-to-face or over the telephone. This is another area where Gosschalks has invested in Smile. Being part of the team at Gosschalks provides us with access to their specialist legal advisors with experience in Charity Law, which has proved invaluable.”

Paul Plaxton, Partner at Gosschalks and Trustee of Smile, said:

“We are more than happy to assist with the charity surgeries, which has seen a huge amount of sessions delivered to date. We're able to offer advice on a wide range of legal issues specific to the charity sector.

"It's a very rewarding process to be involved in and also helps us to develop our Charity Law practice.”

Get in touch with HEY Smile Foundation

Please visit to find out more about the services Smile offer.

Need advice? We can help you 

Call Paul Plaxton today on 01482 324252 or email

You can find out more about the legal services Gosschalks offers to charities here


Awards attributed to this partnership:

2013 - Pride of East Yorkshire Awards - Business in the Community - Runner Up
2014 - Hull Daily Mail Business Awards - Community Involvement - Winner
2015 - Pride of East Yorkshire Awards - Business in the Community - Shorlisted finalist (awards take place 10/9/15)

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