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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 12:35 pm on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 4:48 pm on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Rob goes for 2012 miles in 2012 – Pain for Gain! 

    The charity would like to offer a massive thank you to Rob Staines who has undertaken the painstaking task of travelling 2012 miles during 2012 under his own steam – all in the aid of the Leeds Children’s Charity!

    His challenge is to do 2012 miles in 2012 – through running, walking, cycling, rowing, swimming and cross training with at least 25% covered via running  – a staggering 503 miles !

    In total the challenge equates to travelling 5.5 miles a day on average, or an equivalent of 168 miles a month!

    He is hoping to raise £500 for the charity – which would equate to sending at least three children on a week’s break at Silverdale.  To help Rob achieve his target please sponsor our hero. – you can do so at t http://www.justgiving.com/RobStaines2012.  You can do a lump sum sponsorship or per mile

    For example –

    1p a mile is £20.12

    0.5p a mile is £10.06

    0.25p a mile is £5.03

    Good luck Rob and remember your pain will be the children of Leeds’ gain!  We will hopefully keep you updated on Rob’s progress throughout the year!

  • leedscc 4:51 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New season starts for the Leeds Children’s Charity 

    The first group of children of the 2012 holiday season travelled to the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale, near Morecambe for their holiday by the sea this week.  Over 400 children will enjoy a short break/respite at the holiday centre during the summer and they will all travel by train from Leeds to Silverdale.  Each week until the end of August, a different group of 14 children will enjoy a residential trip to Silverdale with memories that will last a lifetime.

    The Leeds Children’s Charity is very fortunate to have the sponsorship of Northern Rail to help with the cost of tickets for the children and their escorts each week.   This sponsorship means that the charity can provide more short breaks/respite for disadvantaged children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to leave difficult home situations and/or responsibilities beyond their years.  We are extremely grateful to Drew Haley, Northern Rail, for all the ongoing support received and hope that this relationship will continue for many years in order to help as many children as possible.

    For many children, this is their first train journey.  They have never seen fields or flowers growing in the wild, animals grazing, or the sea and sand.  Their holiday starts at Leeds Station and is a wonderful experience from the minute they leave the station.

    If you would like to know more about the Leeds Children’s Charity, or to support its service in any way, please contact by email info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 01132454281.

  • leedscc 2:35 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Northern Rail to sponsor rail tickets for Leeds Children’s Charity 

    Northern Rail have very generously sponsored 243 rail tickets for disadvantaged children, and their escorts, who will be travelling from Leeds to Silverdale during the summer of 2012 to enjoy a holiday by the sea.  Drew Haley, Client and Stakeholder Manager, Northern Rail, is a great supporter of the Leeds Children’s Charity and the trustees are extremely grateful for this sponsorship.

    Off to Silverdale

    Over 400 children will enjoy a free residential holiday at Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Silverdale, during 2012 away from difficult home situations and responsibilities beyond their years.  A holiday at Silverdale is transformational for many children who would not otherwise have an opportunity to have fun, play and be a child again.

    If you would like to sponsor a train ticket for a child to enjoy a holiday by the sea, please contact info@leedschildrenscharity.org.uk or telephone 0113 245 4281.

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