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  • leedscc 2:32 pm on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    LEEDS CHILDREN’S CHARITY TO RUN ONE LAST SEASON AT ITS CENTRE NEAR SILVERDALE 

    Silverdale centre

    Leeds Children’s Charity has been taking young people from backgrounds of challenge and disadvantage to the Silverdale area for over 100 years. Since 1932 the historic centre has catered for the needs of 60,000 young people. Providing each child, a valued week long holiday.

    The charity has recently confirmed that 2016 will mark the final season of delivery at the centre and that during the year the Trustees will be looking at how best they can secure the future of the work that it delivers with young people.

    This has only been made possible by the agreement that has been reached between Michael Holgate, the owner of a caravan site opposite the holiday camp and the charity’s board. The agreement allows the centre to operate (in full) during 2016 at which point, in November, ownership will be Transferred.

    Ian Hargreaves, Chairman of Leeds Children’s Charity, comments:

    “This is not the end of the work that the charity delivers. This decision marks a pivotal moment in the life of the charity and it is one that has not been taken lightly. Silverdale is a superb holiday destination; the centre has helped us create wonderful lasting childhood memories for thousands of young people. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Michael for allowing us the opportunity to use the Centre for one last season. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the work of the charity. We will be holding an event at the centre this year to celebrate all that we have achieved together and to say thank you to everyone who has helped”

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  • leedscc 4:52 pm on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bicycle, Bicycle safety, , , Cycle Service Leeds, , , , , Mick D'Ambrosio, , ,   

    Cycles ready for action thanks to Cycle Service Leeds 

    Bikes, go-carts, and green machines are the absolute favourite for hundreds of children who enjoy a holiday at the Leeds Children Holiday Centre, Silverdale, each year.  A ride around open spaces and wooded cycle path is a must when you are 10 years old and do not have the opportunity to ride a bicycle at home.

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    Bikes of various sizes and colours have been collected by the charity, with many of them being donated by families where children have outgrown them and moved onto other things.  For those children who are unable to ride a bike, they can still join in the fun on tricycles.

    It goes without saying that we must ensure that every child is safe, and we are extremely grateful to have the very generous help of Mick D’Ambrosio, Cycle Service Leeds, to maintain our collection of bikes to a high standard.  Mick has just given us the green light after inspecting and repairing the bikes for another year and we are now ready for action.

    If you would like to donate a bike, sponsor a child, or help in any way, please do contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 0113 245 4281.

     

     

     
  • leedscc 2:54 pm on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bikeway, cycle path, Leeds Building Society, , , , , , , Travis Perkins   

    Leeds Building Society, White Rose Rotary and Travis Perkins complete cycle path 

    An amazing team of volunteers from Leeds Building Society, White Rose Rotary, and Travis Perkins have joined together to create a cycle path through the woods at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale.

    Nearly 500 underprivileged children will be travelling to the centre during 2013 to enjoy a week’s holiday by the sea.  The holiday centre offers them space to have fun, play, and be a child.  The spacious grounds of the holiday centre will be filled with laughter and chatter of children while they ride on bikes and go-carts, enjoy the new cycle path, playground, and take part in sports and games.

    Cycle path team - 03.02.13

    The cycle path will add another dimension to this holiday experience, and we are extremely grateful to these wonderful volunteers for making this happen.

    The team worked over a weekend and took the opportunity to enjoy the facilities of the holiday centre, whilst creating another facility to be enjoyed by children with little hope or expectation.

    If anyone would like to help the charity, or to stay at the holiday centre for a weekend and week when children are not in residence, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 0113 245 4281.

     

     
  • leedscc 9:20 am on February 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Support Tony’s bike ride to help children of Leeds 

    I have just returned from a 500k cycle ride through the heat, humidity and mosquito infested jungle terrain of Vietnam and through into Cambodia to raise funds for Leeds Children’s Charity.

    It was difficult cycling in 35 degrees each day and especially humid in Vietnam but much drier in Cambodia. The local children were always pleased to see westerners cycling past – all shouted hello as we passed, and high fives; they were especially interested in tall people like me!  The children were always very happy despite having little in the way of possessions – just had the basics of clothing, food, water and shelter.     To see photos of the trip, please go to http://www.tonysbikeride.com/

    Almost 2 years ago I cycled 500k across the Zambian bush to raise money to build schools for the local kids it felt so good to be able to make a difference thanks to the generosity of friends and colleagues that I felt I should do something similar, but this time for the under privileged kids of Leeds, my home city.  I am supporting the Leeds Children’s Charity who take local under privileged kids away on a week’s holiday to Silverdale near Morcambe – all the more poignant as   this is where my own grandma used to go when she was a child almost 100 years ago.

    I’ve already raised over £1,500 and it would be great to get this total to £2,500 to support the vital work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.     Can you please please help this local and very worthy cause.

    To support Tony, please  go to http://www.justgiving.com/Tony-Passmore1 to help raise funds for disadvantaged children of Leeds.

    To donate please click here ,   it only takes 60 seconds through Just Giving

    Tony Passmore is Managing Director of More Ability, part of the Passmore Group.

     
  • leedscc 1:10 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Esh Group, , , , , , Leeds University, Lowell Group, , , ,   

    Thank you to all the fantastic supporters of the Leeds Children’s Charity 

    2012 was another successful year for the Leeds Children’s’ Charity.  Most importantly, 434 disadvantaged children enjoyed a break by the sea at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale – children who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to have a break from difficult home situations.

    Catch me if you can

    Catch me if you can

    The trustees could not do their work without the wonderful support given to the charity by many amazing sponsors and benefactors.  These include Northern Rail who sponsor train tickets for the children and their escorts; Richardsons Solicitors who have raised money and also provided invaluable advice and support; Aviva Leeds who have taken the charity to their hearts and have organised a whole variety of fundraising activities, sponsored bicycle ride, runners in the Leeds 10k, cake bakes, and more; DWF LLP who have raised money through dress down days, raffles, book sales, marathon running, and collected much-needed resources; Leeds University students who have done an amazing job of organising activity weekends and weeks for the children, raised money through auctions, raffles, music nights, and a Christmas Fayre in the City; and many more extremely generous benefactors too numerous to mention – corporates of all sizes, groups and organisations, and remarkable individuals who donate money, time, and/or resources to help underprivileged children in Leeds.  2013 has already started with a bang.  Lowell Group have nominated the Leeds Children’s Charity as their Charity of the Year and have already organised a full programme of fundraising events.  Support such as this will enable the charity to provide 480 disadvantaged children with a much-needed holiday by the sea during the summer of 2013.We are enormously grateful to everyone for their ongoing support and I apologise that there is not space enough in this blog to name all our incredible benefactors.  However, sponsors and supporters are always given a mention on our website, blog, social media sites, or newsletter whenever the charity benefits from their munificence.  We feel that it is our duty to broadcast that there are extremely generous people who are supporting children in dire need.

    If you would like to help the Leeds Children’s Charity in any way, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk, or telephone 01132454281.  We would be delighted to hear from you.

    Happy New Year

     
  • leedscc 3:15 pm on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lisa Worsnop School of Dance entertains to help children of Leeds 

    A very special thanks is owed to the pupils of the Lisa Worsnop School of Dance for their amazing dancing and singing talent and skills presented to friends and family in order to raise funds for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.  The show, ‘Curtain Call’ was a pleasure to watch from start to finish.  Pupils from 4 to 40 took part in the show and they were all bright, enthusiastic, and entertaining stars of the night.

    SILVER KIDS 4The charity was chosen to be the recipient of money raised from three shows that took place on 7 and 8 December 2012 for which we are enormously grateful.

    Lisa Holmes, the dance teacher, said that it was a pleasure to raise money for such a worthy cause.  Nearly £300 was raised from a raffle, loose change was collected in buckets as the audiences left the building, and a donation is to be made to the charity from ticket sales and revenue raised from the sale of DVDs of the show.  All the money donated will be used to provide free residential short breaks/respite for disadvantaged and socially excluded children of Leeds aged 7 to 11 years.

    The charity will provide nearly 500 holiday places during 2013, and the money received from this fundraising event will help the trustees to achieve their target.

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

     

     
  • leedscc 3:01 pm on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Aviva Cake Bake and Taste treat to raise funds for disadvantaged children 

    Another amazing and successful fundraising idea from the CR Team of Aviva Leeds to raise funds for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity was to bake a cake and to be creative in its decoration.

    Winning cake - Nov 2012Seven fantastic cakes were produced for the final judging and these ranged from a fruit cake bursting with fruit and port to King Kong on the top of the Empire State Building.

    The very difficult final judging was undertaken by Verlie McCann, Chairman of the Leeds Children’s Charity, and Diane Chapman, Compliance Manager, Creditor Centre of Excellence Leeds, Aviva Leeds, and leader of the CR Team.

    All the cakes were judged on creativity and taste. Lauren & Sam’s King Kong Battenberg sponge cake was the obvious winner on creativity.  Everything on the cake was edible from spaghetti railings and radio aerial, marzipan King Kong, and sugar glass.

    Winning cake (2) - Nov 2012Mairead’s Chocolate Guinness cake with truffle topping and cream cheese was, without doubt, the winner on taste.  The contrast of black chocolate sponge under the white double cream cheese topping was outstanding and the taste was delicious.

    After the judging, all the cakes were cut and sold to raise funds for the charity.

    The CR Team at Aviva have pledged their support to the Leeds Children’s Charity for two years and have organised simple yet very effective fundraising events to raise over £15,000 for the charity to date.  A team of employees also gave up their weekend to decorate a large room at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre that is used by hundreds of disadvantaged children every year.

    The trustees of the charity are extremely grateful for this very generous support, and it is a pleasure to work with such committed and dedicated people who want to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children of Leeds.

    If you would like to help in any way, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk, or telephone 0113 245 4281.

     
  • leedscc 12:35 pm on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dine Hospitality, , , , , Lord Mayor, , , , ,   

    Everyone a winner at the Final Judging of the 2012 Silverdale Colouring Competition 

    28 finalists gathered together at the Civic Hall, Leeds, on Saturday 1 December 2012 to find out who was the overall winner of the 2012 Silverdale Colouring Competition.  The event was judged by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Ann Castle, Lord Mayor’s Consort, Graham Castle, and Drew Hayley of Northern Rail.  Refreshments were very generously sponsored by Dine Hospitality.

    DSCF0922Over 400 disadvantaged children enjoyed a holiday at Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre during 2012, and every child was encouraged to take part in the colouring competition.  A winner was chosen for each week and a small prize was given at that time.  The 28 finalists and their families enjoyed a morning in the Civic Hall that was festooned with lovely Christmas decorations.  For some, this would have been the first opportunity for them to see inside the building.  A quiz had been organised for the children to undertake whilst the judging was taking place, and this allowed the children time to see the many marvellous items displaying in the cabinets of the Banqueting Suite of the Civic Hall.

     

    DSCF0932The overall winner was Paige May of Castleton Primary School who was thrilled with her prize.  The winner’s cup will be engraved with Paige’s name and presented to her at the school where it will remain for one year.  First, second and third prizes for the competition were very generously sponsored again by Northern Rail.  Drew Hayley said that it was always a pleasure to support such a worthwhile charity and to see what a difference it makes.

    If you would like to help disadvantaged children of Leeds, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 0113 245 4281.

     
  • leedscc 10:35 am on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    British Gas team up to brighten children’s lives 

    An amazing team of British Gas employees have helped to brighten many hundreds of children’s lives by painting the main corridor of the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre at Silverdale, near Morecambe.

    Under the Community Support programme supported by British Gas, a team of 16 enthusiastic workers transformed an area within the holiday centre to bring the ‘WOW’ factor to a much-needed short break/respite for disadvantaged children aged 7 to 11 years.

    Nearly 500 underprivileged children each year will be delighted with the bright, colourful entrance that will greet them as they enter the building, and this will make their holiday start with a swing.

     

    The trustees of the Leeds Children’s Charity are enormously grateful to this fantastic team that was led by Emma Wells, Project Delivery Manager, who said that their plan was to make a difference for children who will enjoy time and space at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre.

    The charity also benefited from support from G4S who have donated £500 for the work of the charity.

     

    We cannot thank British Gas enough for this wonderful support, and we know that all our small visitors over the years will enjoy looking at the bright, colourful decoration.

    If you would like to support the Leeds Children’s Charity, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 013 245 281.

     

     
  • leedscc 4:06 pm on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Grow Your Tenner, , , , , Leeds Community Foundation, , ,   

    ‘Grow Your Tenner’ to help the Leeds Children’s Charity 

     

    By donating just £10 through the website – https://localgiving.com/charity/leedschildrenscharity – this money will be match funded and gift aided to generate £25 for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.

    1 x £25 will pay for railway tickets to transport 2 children from Leeds to our holiday centre at Silverdale, near Morecambe

    2 x £25 will feed 2 children for a week at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre by the sea

    3 x £25 will pay for diesel to transport 14 children in our minibus to local areas around Silverdale

    4 x £25 will pay for games and equipment to be used by hundreds of children who enjoy a holiday by the sea

    5 x £25 will pay for shoes and clothes for those children who arrive at Silverdale with only the clothes they are wearing and shoes that do not fit

    6 x £25 will pay for one child to have a holiday by the sea

    How would you like to Grow Your Tenner?

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

     
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