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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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Roll up, roll up…A World Famous Leeds Variety Show in Support of our Carers.




Join local charity Carers Leeds this Saturday for an afternoon of great entertainment held in one of the UK’s oldest music halls. Five incredible acts from across the UK will come together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Opera-lele – George Bartle and Amanda Harkett offer a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele.

Andy Eastwood – specialist in the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

The Mersey Belles – cousins Nancy and Pearl will take you on a trip down memory lane infusing the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics from the 20’s right up to the 50’s.

Alan Yates – offers music including George Formby, Melody and old time ‘Sing-alongs’ for those trips down memory lane! 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Rock & Roll, Beatles, Shadows and Eagles.

Ray and Jonny – Whether it is wartime songs, or cheeky ballads, these boys have something for everyone.

Master of Ceremonies Matthew Ward – returns to the City Varieties to host a splendid afternoon of music and merriment and will ensure that the afternoon runs smoothly and splendiferously.

The Acts appearing are all giving their time and talents to show their support for the 72,000 carers living in Leeds. With your help, together we can support carers to take care of themselves, whilst caring for their loved ones.

For over 20 years Carers Leeds has been committed to improving the lives of the city’s unpaid carers and helping them to continue caring. Based in Leeds city centre, it delivers confidential one-to-one and group support, as well as advice over the phone and online.

Tickets are just £12 each or £10 for carers. To book call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 or book online here.



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The Martin House Hospice Colour Run


Dazzle and dash for cash as Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People holds its annual Colour Run on Sunday 23rd July.

Martin House is asking runners from around the region to wear their whitest whites and prepare to be pelted with paint as they run around the 3.5km course at Stockeld Park near Wetherby.

Perfect for families, friends and workmates, runners set off dressed in perfect white and end up as unique works of art as they pass through yellow, blue, green, red and pink paint stations on the route.

“This is the ultimate fun run – you can walk, run or even dance your way round, becoming more colourful as you go. In fact, the brighter you are at the finish line, the better,” said Ellie Barker, events fundraiser for Martin House.

A fitness coach will get the crowd warmed up before the start of the run, and everyone who takes part will receive a Colour Run medal. There will also be Martin House merchandise on sale. Stockeld Park will also be selling cakes and refreshments, and it will be open at a discounted rate for people who have taken part in the run.

Martin House provides care and support to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses throughout West, North and East Yorkshire – along with their families – at its hospice, in hospitals and in their own homes.

It costs £20 for adults, £15 for children (five to 15), £50 for a family ticket (two adults, two children) and group bookings of five or more adults is £15 each. There is also a free goody bag for people who raise more than £50 in sponsorship. You can sign up at, by emailing or by calling 01937 844569.



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Leeds Mencap & Barclays Yorkshire raise an amazing £32,500



Leeds Mencap’s 2016 partnership with the Barclays Yorkshire and North East Region has raised £32,500 to support very young children with learning disabilities across Leeds in their specialist Hawthorn playroom.

“We have worked closely with Barclays over many years but 2016 was fantastic as the staff threw themselves enthusiastically into raising money for us,” said Cath Lee, CEO of Leeds Mencap. “They had a corporate golf day, worked up a sweat with a ‘rowathon’, organised a sporting dinner at Headingley and put on a private showing of the BFG for our service users. Some lovely volunteers also got green fingered and did some hedge trimming and gardening. They were amazing.”

“The whole business got involved and really got behind Leeds Mencap and the fantastic work that they are doing at the Vinery Centre,” said Barclays Business Manager, Dawn Spencer. “We wanted to support Leeds Mencap’s Hawthorn Specialist Playroom as it is critical that very young children with learning disabilities get early intervention when they most need it. It was great to have the cinema showing for some of Leeds Mencap’s families as it is sometimes difficult for them to go to the cinema together as a family.”

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.  Leeds Mencap offers support to people with very different needs and aspirations in order to help ensure that they live a fulfilling life and achieve their goals. To continue to provide these valuable services, Leeds Mencap are on the lookout for more corporate partners who would like to make the most of the teambuilding and engagement opportunities that working with a charity presents.

If you would like to help Leeds Mencap to help others, either as a corporate or an individual then please contact Sarah Hooker on or call 0113 2351331.







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Charity Cycling Fun Day to Support Great Britain Transplant Sport Cyclist


Cyclists from across West Yorkshire are invited to take part in a Charity Cycling Fun Day at the Brownlee Centre on Sunday 18th June between 1-4pm.

Proceeds from the event will enable Leeds-based junior cyclist, Esben Rost, to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain later this month.

Esben, aged 13, underwent a life-changing liver transplant in 2008 and, since then, has become a keen, competitive cyclist. His cycling gold medal at the British Transplant Games last July meant selection for the Great Britain Transplant Team for Malaga.

The Fun Day will give the opportunity to ride on the mile-long, traffic-free cycling circuit, part of the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre. There will also be skills sessions and fun races for children and refreshments. Tickets will cost £4 per person.

“I’m really proud to be selected for the Great Britain Transplant team and represent my country at the World Transplant Games,” said Esben. “It would be lovely to see lots of fellow riders at the Charity Fun Day for a great day of cycling to raise funds for me and my team mates to go to the World Games in Malaga.”

The biannual World Transplant Games are supported by the International Olympic Committee. It represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world with over 2000 athletes from 55 countries competing.

For further details email and to pre-book tickets go to

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