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  • leedscc 1:10 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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 3:01 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 5:03 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Fantastic Leeds 10k team supporting the Leeds Children’s Charity 

    An amazing group of volunteer runners/joggers/walkers joined forces on Sunday 8 July 2012 to take part in the Leeds 10k to raise funds for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.  Volunteers from Don Little Properties, DWF LLP, Eaves & Co, Swink Design, Aviva Leeds, Exquisite Handmade Cakes Limited, Charles Stanley, and many other wonderful individuals gave up their time and energy to support the charity, both on the day and during their many hours of training and practice before the event.

    The charity team were joined and supported by Jack Downham (who plays Noah Tate in Emmerdale).  Jack wanted to join the runners but was unable to do so because of his age.  However, Jack had taken the time to find out about the work of the charity and he was moved to write the following statement:  “I feel very honoured to be supporting the Leeds Children’s Charity. I am supporting the Leeds Children’s charity because of their great work to help children who are, for whatever reason, unable to have a holiday. These children don’t just want holidays, they need them because of everything piled on their shoulders. Some of the stories that I have read about the children who have benefited from the work of the charity are heart breaking. I am very pleased to support the charity and I hope my involvement will help raise awareness and assist the charity in the vital work it does.”

    Thank you to everyone for making this event so enjoyable and successful.  The money raised will be used to provide much needed respite for many disadvantaged children of Leeds, and we are extremely grateful for this fantastic support.  Nearly 450 children will enjoy a holiday at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre this summer where they are free to play, have fun, make friends, and be a child.

    If you would like to help the Leeds Children’s Charity, please contact by telephone – 01132454281, or email – info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk.  Thank you for all your help.

  • leedscc 9:25 am on May 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge completed – 75-mile bike ride from Silverdale to Leeds raises £4,500 

    An amazing team of cyclists set off from Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale, early on Saturday 19 May 2012 to cycle 75 miles to Leeds in aid of the Leeds Children’s Charity.   The route took them over hills and dales, through wind and rain, until they finally sped along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath to their final destination where a champagne reception awaited this amazing group of individuals.

    Ready to go ..

    Colleagues from Aviva and Hendersons together with family and friends made up the cycling team together with the extremely important support network that kept the cyclists safe, fed, and motivated to complete the challenge. Hours of practice put in by the team members paid off handsomely and resulted in the wonderful sponsorship sum of £4,500 in aid of the work of the charity.  The Leeds Children’s Charity provides free residential short breaks/respite for disadvantaged children aged 7 to 11 years.  Over 400 children each year travel from Leeds to Silverdale by train to enjoy time and space for fun, play, friends, and the opportunity to be a child.  The trustees are enormously grateful to everyone who took part in this gruelling challenge that will help two groups of 14 underprivileged children to have a much-needed break by the sea away from dysfunctional families and/or responsibilities beyond their years.

    If you would like to help the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity in any way, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or 01132454281.


  • leedscc 3:26 pm on May 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    75-mile bicycle ride from Silverdale to Leeds 

    Chris Chapman, a trustee of the Leeds Children’s Charity, is a member of a 16 strong team who will be cycling 75 miles from Silverdale, near Morecambe, to Leeds on Saturday 19 May 2012.  The team will include staff from Aviva and Henderson Insurance , and they will be travelling over many hills to raise funds for the work of the Leeds Children’s Charity.

    Leeds Children’s Charity is a local Leeds’ charity that was founded to provide free residential short breaks/respite for disadvantaged children of the City aged 7 to 11 years.  Over 400 children each year have fun, play, and make lasting friendships at Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale, away from difficult home situations and responsibilities beyond their years.

    Go to http://www.justgiving.com/swingdesign to support this amazing team and the charity by donating online.  It is easy to do with a credit or debit card and all the money plus Gift Aid is donated straight to the charity.

    If you would like to know more about this fantastic fund-raising event, or the work of the charity, please contact by email at info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 01132454281.

    Thank you for all your help and support.


  • leedscc 4:50 pm on March 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Charity Boosted by Christmas Donations 

    The Leeds Children’s Charity would like to thank a couple of companies who were involved in donation and fundraising campaigns over the Christmas period.  First of all thanks to DWF who made a £500 donation to the charity and Shanco Construction, who have donated £600 to the charity in lieu of Christmas gifts that they would normally give.

    In addition we also like to thank  One Medicare @ The Light, who chose Leeds Children’s Charity as the charity their Christmas Giving Tree campaign would benefit from .  This is an annual campaign where the centre urges patients, employees and local residents to buy an extra present whilst they are out doing their Christmas shopping and donate it to the appeal by placing it under the centre’s Giving Tree.   Any gifts they receive under the tree at the Centre get donated to a charity of their choosing.

    Aviva, who have been supporting the charity throughout the year, also collected Christmas gifts for the children including toys, pyjamas, games, and a very much appreciated digital camera.

    Thanks to everyone who helped the charity in some way over the festive period, it is good to see that the Christmas spirit is still alive and kicking within Leeds.

  • leedscc 2:59 pm on November 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Fantastic team work at Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre … 

    Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre was a hive of activity on Saturday with teams of people undertaking several tasks around the building together with a fund raising book sale to help the charity.

    Michael D’Ambrosio from Halfords together with Oliver Jackson worked all day to maintain the many bicycles, go-carts and turbo-twists held at the holiday centre.  Halfords also very generously donated 4 new bikes for the children to use.  All the equipment is now ready for the many hundreds of children who will enjoy riding the bikes and go-carts during their stay at Silverdale.  


    A group of 25 colleagues from Aviva worked all weekend to refurbish the Heselden Room and the Shoe Room, as well as planting 1000 daffodil bulbs in the grounds of the Holiday Centre, and donating lots of other resources.  The rooms have been transformed into bright, stimulating areas where children can have fun, use their imaginations to play, and entertain their peers.


    Books galore were on offer to the many visitors to the Holiday Centre on Saturday.  Susan Campbell and her family ran the book fair with all proceeds in aid of the Leeds Children’s Charity. 

    The trustees would like to thank everyone for all their input, help and support to the charity for which we are extremely grateful.

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


  • leedscc 3:27 pm on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Aviva fundraising efforts reap rewards 

    Many thanks to the team at Aviva who have undertaken a variety of fundraising events to raise money for the charity since naming us as their charity of the year.  To date activities have included a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay, a Wimbledon themed food day, book sale, Easter egg drive and the ever popular “Trolley of Indulgence” – which is helping everyone gain a few pounds.

    To date Aviva has managed to raise £2,800, which was gratefully received at the recent Annual Civic Day (pictured above).  Thanks to everyone at Aviva who gets involved in helping to support our worthwhile cause.

  • 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.

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