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  • leedscc 3:09 pm on July 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Richardson’s ghostly collections ….. 

    A ghostly walk organised as a fundraiser by Richardson Gildener Solicitors of York raised more than spirits.  The wonderful sum of £300 was raised for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.  This money will help to finance one week’s residential holiday for two disadvantaged children who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a trip to the sea. 

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to raising spirits and money on the ghostly walk around York.   

    Holiday by the sea

    If you would like to know more about the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk, or telephone 0113 245 4281

  • leedscc 3:38 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    DWF LLP supporting Leeds Children’s Charity 

    We are pleased to announce that the staff of DWF LLP, Bridgwater Place, Leeds, have nominated Leeds Children’s Charity as their Charity of the Year.  

    Tyrone Jones, Head of Values & Corporate Responsibility said Our people in Leeds are enthusiastic, warm and eager to offer support to this great cause and really excited to develop a fantastic relationship with you”.

    We look forward to working with everyone at DWF LLP to help the children of Leeds to have a holiday/respite by the sea.

    If you would like to learn more about the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 0113 245 4281.

  • leedscc 2:30 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Another fantastic week for the Leeds Children’s Charity ….. 

    Good things have been happening for the Leeds Children’s Charity this week including two very generous awards:

    Rank Foundation have awarded the charity a very generous £1,000 to purchase outdoor play equipment at Silverdale Holiday Centre where over 400 disadvantaged children will enjoy a holiday by the sea this year.  This money will be used to purchase 12 green machines for the children to use.  These machines are the absolute favourite of all the children and are in constant use.  The trustees are extremely grateful to the Rank Foundation for this opportunity of restocking the equipment at Silverdale.

    Green machines

    Another award of £1,000 has been received from Arise and this money must be used to help with some rendering work that has been necessary at Silverdale Holiday Centre.  The holiday centre faces the sea and takes the full force of the winds and rain coming across Morecambe Bay.  The trustees maintain the centre to a high standard to ensure that the children who stay there are comfortable, and this money has assisted in the most recent work for which we are enormously grateful.


    ... as good as new

    If you would like to know more about the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity, or to provide sponsorship, please do contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 01132454281
  • leedscc 12:26 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Blue Logic Computers donate much need IT support to the Charity 

    The Leeds Children’s Charity are very grateful for the extremely generous IT Support given by Blue Logic .  The office in Leeds has now been transformed into an easier and more efficient working office with updated software and IT equipment.

    The trustees are very grateful for the help and support given by Mark Ambler and his staff at Blue Logic.  The saving in time alone means a lot to the charity in monetary terms.

    Support for the charity may be in many forms, eg resources, expertise, toys and equipment, services, and many others that are not always given as cheques or cash.  Our thanks go to everyone who assists the working of the charity because, without it, we could not help all the children who are in need of assistance.

    The Leeds Children’s Charity will provide over 400 holiday places for disadvantaged children during the 2011 summer season and this is made possible because of all the help and support given by our many benefactors.

    Blue Logic help the Charity with IT support

  • leedscc 5:02 pm on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Leeds Children’s Charity – a holiday at ‘Silverdale’ in 1923 .. 

    Louise Murray, aged 7 years, went to Silverdale Holiday Centre  with her sister, Lilian, who was 13 years of age, in 1923 for a holiday by the sea.  The holiday was provided by the Leeds Children’s Charity and this is her story:

    “We were able to go to Silverdale as our dad, Edward Murray, had passed away aged 46 years from TB.  Our mum, Fanny, was 46 years.

    We went to Cookridge Street baths, then put on Silverdale clothes (Mums were waiting for our clothes), then marched to the station, arriving at Carnforth, horse and cart took the young ones, a long trek, 2 weeks of heaven!!!!!  Lots to eat, a bed of our own, grass, trees, sands – how I wished it would last forever.”

    A holiday at Silverdale

    Louise Murray is now 95 years of age and has never forgotten her trip to Silverdale.

    If you are an ex-Silverdaler and have a story to tell, please do contact the charity on info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or 01132454281.

    Leeds Children’s Charity will provide over 400 holiday places at Silverdale during 2011 for disadvantaged children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to get away from difficult situations or responsibilities beyond their years.

    Seaside holiday

  • leedscc 4:12 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sponsored Morecambe Bay Walk in aid of the Leeds Children’s Charity – an account by a member of the ‘Aviva Team’ 

    Morecambe Bay Walk 2011 in aid of the Leeds Children’s Charity

    I’m not going to lie, it was hard work and certainly not for the faint hearted, however, and I didn’t think I would be saying this, it was actually really good fun and im not sure if I speak for everyone when I say this but it’s definitely something I would do again!

    I travelled down to Morecambe with Emma Yates and Katie ‘Piff Smith’. We got off to a bit of a shaky start, we were half to way Colne when we realised that none of us had written down the address of where we were meeting or printed off any directions. Yes, I know what you’re all thinking……… typical girls! I suppose I’ll give you that one.

    Thankfully the I-phone came to use and we managed to trace Gibraltar Farm on Google maps, get the address and find a sat nav on-line to guide us there. Not so useless after all, hey!

    We made it to the farm just in time after taking a few wrong turns (definitely the sat nav’s fault) and joined the others at the bottom of 3 very muddy fields to start our adventure.

    We donned our walking gear, put on our rucksacks and lip gloss (you never know who you are going to meet) and made our way down the rocks on to the beach.

    Walk through water

    The wind was blowing against us on the first stretch which made it pretty difficult. The beach was full of puddles and soft sand practically the whole way so we all decided it would be easier to take off our shoes and do it in bare feet. As you can see in the picture above puddles was a bit of an understatement – they were huge!!

    We walked for about a mile out into the middle of the beach where we were joined by a group of other walkers, I’d guess about 50 in total, who joined us for the rest of the walk.

    Tractors and Quad bikes led the way and offered some support for those that needed it along the way. I’m very proud to announce that none of us needed this and we walked the full thing!

    The walk was a total of 8.5 miles according to our guide. A lot of the walk was spent wading through water. At one point we had water up to our waists, there was absolutely no way of avoiding it or staying dry and rolling your pants up in the end was a waste of time. Although at the time we didn’t think it, the powerful wind we were walking against was actually a godsend because it dried our clothes out pretty quickly and kept us from freezing some vital parts off!

    There were a couple of highlights that I think need a special mention.

    1. Gary Cramby shorts! It was blowing a gale, we all had 10 layers on but Gary rocked up in a rather fetching pair of shorts. Joking aside, I think he might have known that we would be wading though the deep water and it turned out to be the perfect outfit!

    2. Our own Bear Grylls!! Craig Ogara turned out to be a life saver, literally. At one point when we were wading through the waist-high water we passed over a patch of sinking sanding and a couple of people got stuck. As they started to panic they started to go down. Craig stayed calm and managed to pull them out and get them to the other side. I don’t think he got enough credit for what he did so again Craig a BIG well done!!

    3. Piffs major overreaction! Whilst Craig was a perfect example of calm and collected, Piff on the other hand was far from it. In the highest pitched voice I have ever heard she started screaming at the passing tractors “HEEELLLLLPPPPPP, people are drowning, why are you not listening” and practically dragging me to the other side to safety even though I wasn’t stuck “Quick Kate, come on, we need to get out of here!!”. It still makes me laugh out loud thinking of it, Piff I thank you for being my entertainment.

    4. Diane’s rocky road! When the walk was finished we all tucked in to some of Diane Chapman’s home made rocky road. Wow! That has to be my highlight.

    Thankfully we all survived the walk unharmed and made it to Grange over Sands in approx 3 hours. We said our goodbyes to the others who were camping over for the night and jumped on our coach back to the car. The coach wouldn’t take us all the way back to the farm but one of guides offered to drive us back to save our legs. We jumped in his car, listened to snoop dog (strange choice of music for a 60yr old man) and tried out best to understand his very strong accent.

    That was it. Done. Fineto.

    The Morecambe Bay Walk takes place every couple of weeks on a Saturday and a Sunday and anyone can go along at anytime to take part, you can just do it for your own pleasure. Anyone at any age can do the walk, Gary’s kids aged 10 and 4 came along and were fantastic, Jack had a few rides on the tractor but walked a big chunk of the way and his daughter Emily didn’t sit down once, they were real inspiration for me, I kept thinking “if a 10yr old girl can do it, so can you”.

    Thank you once again to everyone that sponsored us for doing the walk. If it wasn’t for everyone’s generosity, im sure not we would have got through it so easily!!

    So many children have been helped by the money we have raised, I think in total we have over £1000 including the completion of the Aviva £ for £ matching scheme, a really brilliant donation to this fantastic charity.

  • leedscc 1:57 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Brightening Children’s Lives Summer Ball – Saturday 2 July 2011 

    The annual summer ball of the Leeds Children’s Charity was a huge success due to the help and support of many volunteers and sponsors.  The trustees of the charity would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way, eg helping to organise the event, donators of auction and raffle prizes, artists who gave their time and energy to entertain our guests, and many more.

    It is hoped that over £5,500 will have been raised from the event and this will be used to finance a week’s holiday for 28 disadvantaged children at Silverdale Holiday Centre, near Morecambe.  On behalf of all those children, I would like to say how wonderful if will be for them to enjoy time and space to have fun and play without pressures from dysfunctional families and responsibilities beyond their years.
    Christian entertains the guests            


    The trustees would also like to thank the staff at the Leeds Marriott Hotel for all their ongoing help and support which is much appreciated.

    If you would like to be involved with the 2012 Brightening Children’s Lives Summer Ball by sponsorship, donation of an auction or raffle prize, or just to join the party, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk, or telephone 01132454281.


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