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‘Every Daffodil Counts’ this March




Every year in March, Marie Curie, the charity which cares for people living with a terminal illness, hold their annual Great Daffodil Appeal. This year Marie Curie is appealing for support in Leeds.

Marie Curie nurses care for people in Leeds in their own homes from 10pm until 7am. They provide hands on care and emotional support as well as allowing loved ones some much needed rest. The charity has also launched a telephone support line and has lots of information about living with a terminal illness available on their website



Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in Leeds, is asking people across the city to support the Great Daffodil Appeal in whatever way they can this March; “Marie Curie are appealing for support in Leeds so that we can continue providing services, which are completely free of charge to people living with a terminal illness and their families, when they need it most.”

How can you help?

  • Sign up to volunteer for two hours or more at Great Daffodil Appeal collection. Marie Curie has a huge street collection planned in Leeds City Centre on Friday 31st March and lots of others across the city. You can sign up online on our website or contact the fundraising team on 01274 386190. Why not bring your friends, family or colleagues with you and challenge each other to raise the most for Marie Curie? Will your employer allow you time away from work to volunteer as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy? Does your employer run a match funding scheme where they match whatever you raise for charity? Or do you know someone who can sing, dance or has a talent to entertain the public at one of Marie Curie’s street collections? If so we would love to hear from you!
  • Would your organisation have a box of daffodil pin badges on their reception? For a small donation your colleagues and customers can purchase a daffodil to raise vital funds and awareness of Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in March.
  • If you have an idea of your own, or need a little inspiration to raise funds in your own way you can order a fundraising pack full of ideas online at Your local Community fundraiser will be more than happy to support you, provide materials and advice to make whatever you plan a huge success.


For more information please contact Jen Aspinall, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser on 01274 386190 or email


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Gamers in 24-hour Charity Challenge



William Merritt Centre Gamers, are gearing up for a charity challenge on 24th – 25th February, to raise money for people with disabilities. They will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast17, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity SpecialEffect, which uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

The William Merritt Centre, was established 35 years ago to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible. It is the only such centre in Leeds and is the largest in the region. It provides impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for people with a disability.

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre also adapts toys so people with a disability can use them. They also adapt controllers so that everyone can play computer games, and regularly host sessions where people play games.

Anyone can go along and take part in the event. More information regarding GameBlast17 can be found at To sponsor the team, visit


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Leeds Mencap’s Corporate Challenge Is Back!


Zurich Insurance Company signing up with Catherine Storey, Leeds Mencap


The Leeds Mencap Apprentice challenge is back for a fourth year and seeking creative, entrepreneurial teams to battle it out for the top spot. Just how much money could you make in seven weeks with just a £50 loan?

As well as providing a fantastic opportunity to improve team working and fulfil corporate social responsibility aims, taking part in the challenge also raises much-needed funds to support people with learning disabilities.



Winston’s Solicitors 2016 Apprentice Challenge winners


Several teams have already signed up and are raring to go. Last year’s winners, Winston’s Solicitors, have entered for the fourth time hoping to retain their crown. Joining them are the HSBC Service Recovery team, Zurich Insurance Company, a Leeds Mencap team, and Re:Work an office furniture company. With more teams to come, the competition is going to be tough!

“This challenge is an enjoyable and fresh way for businesses to make a social impact, meet their internal engagement objectives and do something for a worthwhile cause,” said Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation & Policy, West & North Yorks Chamber of Commerce and Judge on Leeds Mencap Apprentice. “I would urge chamber businesses to get a team together and get involved.”

Leeds Mencap is inviting both large and small businesses to take part. For further information, call 0113 235 1331, or email or







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Xercise4Less Holding Charity Fitness Challenges in Support of Anthony Nolan


Local Xercise4Less gym has set-up a series of healthy community initiatives throughout February in support of registered blood cancer charity ‘Anthony Nolan’.

The month-long fund raising mission invites members of the general public to use the gym facilities and take part in a variety of fitness challenges with the chance to win free gym memberships. A £1 (minimum) donation is required to enter each challenge. All proceeds go towards Anthony Nolan.

Join the register

Anthony Nolan works to save the lives of people with blood cancer through their donor register, securing donations of blood stem cells or bone marrow to provide people with blood cancer and blood disorders with vital transplants.

Xercise4Less Leeds will be inviting members and their friends to see if they could become a potential match on the donor list in a bid to save more lives. The gym will donate £1 for every new member that joins the donor registry.

Challenges will be set on ‘Special Monday’s’ from 5-8pm, and those participating will have the chance to win a free gym membership.

Events Calendar:

Monday 13th Feb: The wall sit challenge (£1 donation to enter. Hold this pressure position for as long as you possibly can for your chance to win a 3 month gym membership).

Monday 20th Feb: Super He-Row Challenge – Dress up and sport as your favourite super hero for the day as you take on the Xercise4Less rowing challenge. £1 donation to enter. Winners get a free 6 month gym membership.

Saturday 25th Feb: Nationwide ‘On Yer bike’ Spinathon (Group exercise challenge in support of the charity Brain Tumour Research). Ask at the front desk for more details.

Monday 27th Feb: The protein hold. Hold out 2 tubs of 1kg protein, arms stretched, for as long as you possibly can for your chance to win a 3 month gym membership.

Xercise4Less Leeds Gym,

1 Kirkstall Industrial Estate,

Kirkstall Road, Burley,


Tel: 0113 887 8111





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AT-iD Project Gives Yorkshire Teens a Voice

Voices from AT-iD (movie shot)

The Adopted Teens Identity (AT-iD) project recently screened its independent film ‘Voices’ at Hyde Park Picture House.

The featurette was produced to raise awareness about the challenges and misconceptions around adoption for older children. It highlights the impact of adoption and its effect on building relationships with families, friends and peers.

The event featured a talk from Mark Owers, Professional Adviser to the Adoption Leadership board, and a Q&A session with the teenagers and group leaders from the film.

“The feedback we have had following the showcase has been quite astounding”, said Tanya Killick, AT-iD project lead from PAC-UK. “Especially regarding the bravery of the teens getting up on stage and answering questions from the audience after the film was screened. We are all extremely proud of those involved and thank everyone for their support on the day.”

“Adopted children represent a minority in society and across the education system, which can leave them feeling misunderstood and isolated among their peers and the adults they interact with”, said Peter Sandiford, CEO of PAC-UK. “The messages in this short film clearly illustrate the complexities of adoption and should be compulsory viewing for all professionals adopted young people might come into contact with. I am proud of the hard work and personal commitment that went into the film – both in front of and behind the camera – and delighted that PAC-UK could play a part in the project.”

AT-iD, a project set up by Yorkshire & Humber Adoption Consortium and delivered by PAC-UK– It was created to provide adopted teens aged between 11 and 18 with a community that offers information and an insight into the experiences of adopted teenagers. The project aims to give a voice to adopted teenagers by providing them with a safe and secure way to discuss problems and issues with their peers or project workers.

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Refu-Jazz: Benefit Concert All-Dayer at Headingley HEART



On Saturday February 11th, Headingley HEART is hosting a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charites with some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. This is a great opportunity to support this worthy cause and enjoy some incredible music.

The line up for the day is listed below. Tickets can be bought for individual shows (£5) or a full day pass (£20). Events in the cafe are free entry but a donation would be gratefully appreciated.

12-12.45pm – Al Morrison Trio (Cafe)
1-1.45pm – Joe Boyes Trio (Main Hall)
2.15-3pm – Bassa Bassa (Main Hall)
3-3.30pm – Inside Out Duo (Cafe)
3.30-4.30pm – George Macdonald Trio (Main Hall)
4.30-5pm – The Irrelevance (Cafe)
5-6pm – Louie Mcdonald (Main Hall)
6-6.30pm – Sam Dunn (Cafe)
6.30-7.30pm – York Youth Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
7.30-8pm – Aleks Podraza Trio (Cafe)
8-9pm – Leeds Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
9-9.30pm – Phil Green’s Sky High Jazz Trio (Cafe)
9.30-11pm – Kate Peters Quartet + Jam (Main Hall)

Workshops –
John Marley – Jazz Bass Time -1pm
Sam Dunn – Jazz Guitar Time – 4.30pm
Aleks Podraza – Jazz Piano Time TBC

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Ending homelessness – A Talk at Leeds Trinity University


Ways to end homelessness will be discussed tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February at Leeds Trinity University by an international charity which provides help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages around the world.

The free talk will be delivered by Mark McGreevy OBE, Group Chief Executive of Depaul International. Currently based in Chicago, USA, Mr McGreevy works with the Institute of Global Homelessness; an academic institute founded in partnership between Depaul International and DePaul University in Chicago.

Mark McGreevy 3

Mr McGreevy will talk about the different challenges we face when examining homelessness as a global phenomenon, and suggest ways to reduce and end homelessness.

“Homelessness is a growing globally as a result of political unrest, natural disaster and urbanisation,” he said. “The strategies to deal with this problem are complex and one size doesn’t fit all. However, there is an evolving global movement of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates thinking creatively about how we might tackle this issue in both the developed and the developing world.”

Mark McGreevy 2

The topic is particularly pertinent with the latest release of figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets which is a 16% increase on last year.

Mr McGreevy is the first speaker for Trinity Talks; a prestigious series of high-profile lectures for Leeds Trinity’s 50th Anniversary. Other speakers include author Gervase Phinn and former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi.

An engaging and inspiring speaker, his talk will be of interest to anyone involved with homelessness, social policy, psychology, charities and community – but everyone is welcome to attend.

His talk begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 1 February with a light buffet and refreshments beforehand, and will conclude with a Question and Answer panel sessions.

The event is free to attend, but guests are asked to register their attendance at


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Dementia Friendly Leeds Holds ‘Connections’ Event at HEART




Dementia Friendly Leeds is holding an event at HEART, Bennet Road, Headingley on 27th February, 2.30 – 4.30pm, aimed at providing active support for organisations that would like to become more dementia friendly.

Guest speaker Kathryn Lord, Dementia Research Fellow at Bradford University, will talk about effective communication. There will be inspiring stories, support from dementia friendly mentors, workshops on how to develop more dementia friendly support, and the opportunity to form new partnerships.

“Many organisations want to know more about dementia and how to support people living with the condition, but are unsure how to start”, said Sarah Goodyear, Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Officer. “We aim to bring people together who are passionate about being dementia friendly, so they can learn from each other, form new networks, improve services and raise awareness.”

Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, and symptoms can include memory loss and communication difficulties. It affects roughly one in fourteen people aged over 65. Everyday tasks can become more challenging, and, without support from the community, dementia can be very isolating.

Dementia Friendly Leeds offers support and information to businesses and organisations wanting to become more dementia friendly. Anyone keen to make Leeds a dementia friendly city is welcome to attend.

The event is free but places are limited. To book, email, or visit Eventbrite:

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Open Mic Night for Leeds Recovery Community


Paul Gibbon & Justin Loach who will perform as ‘Euphoric Recall’

Leeds Recovery Academy will host its first free Open Mic Night TONIGHT Friday 27th  January, at The Academy at 43 Westfield Road, LS3 1NQ, just off Burley Road.

It will bring together a number of performers in recovery to mark their success and that of others who attend the Recovery Academy, as well as the achievements of everyone who has taken many positive steps on their road to recovery.

“Our Open Mic Night will be an evening of creativity embracing the spirit of recovery, that is free from substances, but overflowing with inspiration, talent and entertainment”, said Adam Montgomery, a Dual Diagnosis worker from Leeds MIND.

“As well as a great night out, it will be a celebration of the many accomplishments those in the recovery community”.

A number of performers are already scheduled to appear, and creative activities will run alongside the events on the main stage.

“This event is to celebrate recovery in Leeds and will give people in recovery a platform to have a go under the spotlight”, said Jo Byrden, Recovery Academy Manager.

If you would be interested in performing as a musician, comedian, performance poet, etc. contact them on 0113 887 2749. The only stipulation is you must be in recovery.

It will be a dry night with food and soft drinks available, 18+ only. Book your free ticket at

Forward Leeds provides support for adults, young people and families needing help with alcohol and drug use in Leeds.  It is Britain’s biggest multi-agency project tackling alcohol and drug problems. Since it began in July 2015, over 7,000 adults and 400 young people have been seen by the service and its Contact Centre handles over 12,000 calls a month. 


Forward Leeds helps adults and young people to make healthy choices about alcohol and drugs and aims to reduce risk taking behaviours through dedicated prevention, early intervention and tailored programmes. Their ultimate goal is to help people to achieve and sustain recovery.





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A 50-Day Challenge from Heart Research UK

HRUK 50th Logo Landscape

To mark Heart Research UK’s 50th anniversary this year, the charity is inviting everyone to take up its 50 Day Challenge.

The idea is to either Give Up or Take Up something for 50 days. – ideally, it should be to give up something unhealthy, or take up something healthy. 50 days may seem like a long time, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy! You could give up alcohol, takeaways or smoking, or take up running, swimming or cycling.

People who have already signed up are giving up refined sugar, taking up cycling to work, and one is giving up motorised transport – he will walk to work, cycle to the gym and jog to the shops! The ideas are endless and it can be tailored to suit your own vices and creativity is encouraged.

All Heart Research UK asks is that you raise money throughout your 50-Day Challenge. Any money you raise will benefit people in your area.

Heart Research UK has funded £22.6million of medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease across the country. Your support will ensure that this work continues through 2017 and beyond.

  • In the last 50 years, the annual number of UK deaths from Cardio Vascular Disease has more than halved
  • 50 years ago, more than 70% of heart attacks in the UK ended in death. Now at least 70% of people survive
  • In the 1960s, 80% of babies born in the UK with a heart defect did not survive to their first birthday and today around 80% survive into adulthood

To sign up visit call 0113 234 7474 or email

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