This month, our spotlight is on Rob Davies, a local website consultant and Fundraising Coordinator for Ryedale Special Families.
Speaking with Rob, it’s clear he has never shied away from a challenge. His story begins in Leeds where he worked in advertising for over 20 years, later swapping the city for the North York Moors in 2001. He set up The Orange Tree, a retreat in Rosedale that offered relaxing weekend stays with complementary therapies, which he later sold on to his very first guests.
I’m thrilled to have established a business, which continues to operate within the same concept and recently featured in The Times Top 20 Yoga Retreats in the World.
He settled in Malton with his family and has become a valuable part of the community, wearing different hats in his day-to-day life.
By day, Rob works as a successful website consultant for It’seeze Ryedale. In just five years he has helped nearly 200 local small businesses set up their own website. His most high-profile website was for the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, a TV and radio personality who has published two popular books about her life on a farm in the Dales with her nine children.
In his spare time, Rob has taken on some of his biggest challenges to date. In addition to an Arctic expedition and Kilimanjaro climb, he is an integral part of community events and has recently joined Malton & Norton Lions.
He is the Fundraising Coordinator for Ryedale Special Families, setting up successful events such as the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge, Norton Santa Run and has been integral in fundraising for the Ryedale Special Families ‘Get a Move on’ campaign which raised £100,000 in 2018. The charity’s goal for 2019 is to raise an extra £150,000 as they aim to move from their current home in Old Malton to somewhere where they can support and provide care for even more families who have children with disabilities or special needs.
Over the years Rob has also pursued his interest in music by launching Ryedale Live and Ryedale Young and Live, events that helped local musicians get on stage through acoustic evenings. As a member of local acapella group Four Quarters, Rob has helped entertain and fundraise across Ryedale and the wider area.
The stage also beckoned for Rob. He joined York Light Opera and Malton & Norton Musical Theatre and has performed in shows such as My Fair Lady and local pantos. Oh yes he has!
Rob has one last surprise – he occasionally appears as an extra in films and TV series, most notably ITV’s Victoria, where he played the Bishop of Bath and Wells. You may have spotted him on the cover of HELLO!
Most of all, Rob would like to encourage everyone to get involved with fundraising events and challenges to help Ryedale Special Families reach their goal.
I like to make things happen, and I don’t intend on retiring anytime soon.