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Charity Christmas Fair at Abbey Grange


A fantastic Christmas Fair for the Bone Cancer Research Trust is taking place at Abbey Grange School on Saturday 2nd December.

 Over 25 local businesses and crafters will be there, along with festive performances from choirs and dancers, games, raffles, archery, bouncy castle, refreshments, toys, bric-a-brac, books and of course Santa’s Grotto!

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Local Dancer Junior Frood Wins British Citizen Youth Award

Recently, Leeds youngster and keen dancer, Junior Frood (13) attended The House of Lords by special invitation from The Rt Hon. the Lord Dholakia to receive a British Citizen Youth Award.

He was presented with this honour for his charity work, which has seen him help raise over £300,000 for charities including Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice plus many more charities.

The award also recognises the campaigning and anti-bullying work he has done to help support other male dancers and prove to the world that boys can dance and should be able to do so free from abuse, discrimination and bullying.

At the medal ceremony, Junior got to meet Ashley Banjo from dance group Diversity, who presented Junior with his award and is one of his dancing idols and inspirations.

Ashley said Junior’s anti-bullying work was something very close to his heart and that he was so inspired and proud of what Junior had achieved, and that he couldn’t wait to dance with him. He has invited Junior to the Diversity Dance Studios where he will train with and perform with Diversity.

Junior, who attends Leeds West Academy, also received The Diana  Courageous Citizen Award last year and is an anti-bullying ambassador for The Diana Award on the National Youth Board for England.

The British Citizen Youth Awards were developed to recognise the individual endeavours of young people who have positively impacted society, communities, charities or other good causes.

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Step Back in Time at the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Vintage Fair



The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice Vintage Fair is back! The fair will be held at St Chad’s Parish Centre in Far Headingley on Saturday 21st October, 10am – 4pm.

The Vintage Fair will bring in all kinds of stalls selling, clothes, jewellery, books, toys, vinyl and so much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to book a valuation for prized antiques with well-known auctioneer Gary Don.  A vintage hair stylist will be available to coif locks and a seamstress will be on site for advice and off site bookings for clothing alterations. Delicious food and drinks will be available throughout the day in the pop up Vintage themed cafe. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes.

Kirsty Christmas, Senior Community Fundraiser at Wheatfields, said:  “There will be a wonderful array of items ranging in date from the 1920s to the 1980s. If you like retro, vintage or just a trip down memory lane, this is definitely the fair for you!”

Entry is just £3 and all the money raised will help to fund the specialist healthcare services provided by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice – from inpatient and day care, to caring for people in their homes.


For more information, please call the Wheatfields fundraising team on 0113 278 7249 or email



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Levi Solicitors Support St Gemma’s in Jail & Bail


Steven Newdall, Managing Partner of Levi Solicitors LLP, recently took part in Jail and Bail 2017 in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice.

On 13th October, volunteers from West Yorkshire Police ‘arrested’ Steven for breaking laws against hoarding in his office. His secretary, who recently tidied his office, found copies of 20 year old magazines, his notes from his law degree and a small handheld television!

The officers took Steven to the Court Room at Leeds Town Hall be tried for his terrible crimes. He was presented with evidence collated by his colleagues, and eventually found guilty. He then spent time locked up in the Victorian cells below the Town Hall! St Gemma’s kindly agreed that he should be allowed to escape from the cells as he had raised enough ‘bail money’ for the charity.

“St Gemma’s Hospice does great work for the people of Leeds and we are proud to support them throughout the year”, said Steven. “Taking part in Jail and Bail is a fun way for us to raise money and awareness for the Hospice. While I am sure some of my colleagues would rather have paid for me to stay in the cells, we have already raised a very generous sum.”

If you would like to contribute to Steven’s bail fund, please click here.

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A ‘Tour of Yorkshire’ for Macmillan Coffee Morning!


The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic will host a fantastic World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in true Yorkshire style in Park Square, Leeds City Centre on Friday 29th September.

The Tour of Yorkshire was the inspiration for the Park Square Cyclo-thon. The Square will be themed to look like a rural Yorkshire scene with huge photos of countryside, scarecrows, model sheep, ducks, beehives, old fashioned road signs, plus two classic cars! JD Gyms are providing static bikes and the idea is to make it look like a moving tableau.

Teams of four riders are invited to enter to attempt to cycle the furthest distance in a 10 minute pre-booked time slot between 9am and 3pm for a minimum donation of £50 to Macmillan Cancer Support. The team that cycles the furthest in its 10 minutes wins the competition.

There will be coffee and cakes in Park Square. And, taster sessions (£5 or £10 donation) with our various therapists will be available throughout the event at Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic but these must be booked in advance. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson, will be attending at 1.30pm.

Contact Gloria or Pauline at The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic, 38a Park Square North (basement), LS1 2NY on 0113 245 7800 to book taster sessions or for more details.



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Beanstalk Seeks Volunteers to Help Children Improve Their Reading


As the new academic year begins, literacy charity Beanstalk is calling for members of the community in Leeds to sign up to its 2017-18 intake of trained volunteers that will help children in local primary schools become more confident readers.

Low levels of literacy continue to be a persistent problem both nationally and locally. According to the most recent SATS test results, almost 3,000 of primary school leavers in Leeds did not achieve the expected level in reading. This can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and our communities, and is estimated to cost the UK economy £81 billion every year.

“The start of a new academic year is a critical time for us to ensure there is enough one-to-one reading support available for schools that have identified children that need extra help and encouragement with their reading,” explains Janet Skeen, Area Manager for Beanstalk.

“Without intervention, the outlook for children struggling with reading is concerning. It can lead to behavioural problems and can affect their future prospects in life and work. We need to recruit a further almost 200 more reading helpers in Yorkshire and Humber by the end of the academic year to ensure that we help more school children achieve the skills, confidence and imagination to reach their true potential.”

Beanstalk needs more compassionate and caring members of the local community that would like to volunteer as reading helpers in Leeds. For more information or to apply, please visit the website at or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0307.


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Skinner & T’witch Pick ‘n’ Mix for Charity


Skinner & T’witch, the Leeds duo performing folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs, host a quarterly event at The Grove Inn which showcases original local artists.

Their 11th Pick n’ Mix at The Grove will be an extra-special event. 16 fabulous local artists will be performing, unplugged, from 1-11pm, on Saturday, October 7th.

You can find out more about the acoustic, folk and blues artists who will be playing via the Facebook page for the event:

The order for the event will be, as follows:

Rum Doodle

Heather Woodhead

Gerry Cooper & Phil Snell

Skinner & T’witch

Joe Solo

Rebekah Findlay and Lee Huck

Fishing For Compliments

Red Sky



Boo Sutcliffe

Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins

The Small Change Diaries

Den Miller

Skinner & T’witch

Wilson McGladdery

Captain of The Lost Waves

There’s no entrance fee, so people can ‘pay as you feel’, with all donations going to Leeds Foodbanks (Leeds North & West Foodbank and Leeds South & East Foodbank):

Apparently 1 in 5 people in Britain are living below the poverty line. Apparently 7,344 3-day emergency supplies were given to people by Leeds North and West Foodbank in 2015. You can virtually double this across the city.

People can pop in and out as they choose on October 7th (no need to stay all day), and they should feel free to bring down donations and anything they don’t need, such as tins, dry stuffs, and non-perishables, and toiletries, nappies, and sanitary products (apparently products like toiletries, nappies, and sanitary products are much needed, as they are relatively expensive to purchase, and less frequently donated to the Foodbanks).

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Design the Official Christmas Card for the Lord Mayor of Leeds


The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson, is looking for a young, budding artist to design her official Christmas card 2017. The theme is ‘Leeds at Christmas’ and entrants must be under the age of 13.

The winning design will be used by the Lord Mayor as her official Christmas card and will be sent out across the City. The winner will be presented with a copy of the card, as well as a special prize.

“I am really delighted that my official Christmas card will be designed by a young person in Leeds”, said Cllr Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds. “I can’t wait to see all the different ideas and designs. We’ve deliberately kept the theme really broad so that entrants can be as creative and imaginative as they like.”

Designs should be completed on A4 paper and have the child’s name and age (in pencil) on the reverse of the paper, along with a contact number for a parent or guardian. Crayons, felt tip, paint and pens can all be used, however it is advised not to stick items onto the design.

The closing date is Monday 9th October. To enter, please send your designs to: Lord Mayor Christmas Card Competition, 8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD. For more information, please call the Candlelighters team on 0113 322 9283 or email

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Cousins Are Running Down Dementia


Cousins Jennifer Mehta and Cath Willis are each running 100km in an attempt to raise funds for dementia research.

Jennifer from Meanwood, and Cath from Warrington, have been taking part in Running Down Dementia’s Summer Challenge, each running 100km to raise funds for dementia research. This is a charity very close to their hearts because their much-loved grandmother Monica recently died of Alzheimer’s, and the devastating effects of this cruel disease have left the whole family heartbroken.

850,000 people in the UK suffer from Alzheimer’s.  The care costs are three times higher than those for cancer, heart disease and stroke combined, but it receives a much lower rate of investment. With predictions of two million people developing the disease by 2050, a cure needs to be found soon.

Jennifer and Cath wanted to channel their grief into something positive, and when they saw an advert for the charity, they signed up for the challenge straight away.

Their team is called ‘Up Yours, Alzheimer’s’ and they were recently named ‘Team of the Week’ for their efforts. They are currently ranked in fifth place for their fundraising, so if you’d like to follow their progress or would like to make a donation, please visit:

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Maggie’s Culture Crawl: Take a Walk on the Cultural Side


On Friday 29th September, Culture Crawl Leeds will take you on a fabulous 10k route around the city, raising money for Maggie’s Yorkshire, and uncovering history, art and culture, with exclusive night access to some amazing buildings.

After registration and entertainment at Holy Trinity Church, there will be an exclusive experience at Leeds City Museum, highlighting important pieces from 540million years of history, including some unavailable to the public.

You will visit the Corn Exchange, full of architectural delights and entertainment especially for you, and then move on to The Tetley for a rare evening viewing of their acclaimed art gallery, alongside the history of the building itself.

The Crawl concludes at The Queens Hotel where, two storeys down, you will explore fascinating tunnels and hidden rooms. You may even find the answer to the rumours that the Queens has a door opening directly onto the River Aire, before finishing in the Chandelier Room with well deserved refreshments.

Maggie’s partner, first direct, has already registered a large team, and provided volunteers to help with the event, which is open to corporate teams, and families or individuals.

Sign-up before 1st August and you will get 25% off the £20 registration fee. Participants are asked to raise £80 in sponsorship for the Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, to be built in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital. With 30,000 new diagnoses a year in Yorkshire, you will be supporting people affected by cancer across the region.

To register, visit

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