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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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Supporting Carers in Leeds for Carers’ Week


During Leeds for Carers’ Week 2017, which runs from 12th – 18th June, people, services and businesses will come together to support carers and celebrate the vital contribution they make.

“This is a key time to raise awareness of the crucial role of carers, and to highlight of the breadth of support available from Carers Leeds”, said Val Hewison, Chief Executive at Carers Leeds. “Offering general and specialist carer support all year round, we have a dedicated team which gives timely information, advice and support to carers throughout the city. This Carers’ Week we hope to reach even more carers through an extensive programme of events throughout the city.”

On Saturday 17th June, Carers Leeds will host a ‘Great Get Together’ in memory of Jo Cox MP to bring people together, and show support for all carers throughout the communities of Leeds. The Carers Leeds team is encouraging everyone in Leeds to join them on Briggate, outside Debenhams.

The eight charities driving Carers’ Week are calling on individuals, services and organisations across the country to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where carers are supported to look after their loved ones well, while being recognised as individuals with needs of their own.

“Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend”, said Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week. “Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation.

“It’s fantastic to see so many events taking place across the country to support local carers. We hope that through these events; individuals, organisations and services will be able to see just what a positive difference they can make to the lives of carers.”

Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Leeds visit

Carers Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

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Emotional Support Can Make a Difference


This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) Samaritans in Leeds are joining organisations across the UK to show how donating your time can make a huge difference to the lives of others.

Echoing the findings of its Dying from Inequality report released earlier this year, Samaritans is highlighting the particular need for emotional support for those who are disadvantaged, as they are more at risk of suicide.

“I would say that in many of the calls I take, deprivation is a factor,” said Samaritans Chair Jenni McCartney. “It could be anything from debt to housing issues, job insecurity to relationship breakdown or bereavement. There is often some level of disadvantage, which can aggravate those challenges and make people more vulnerable to suicidal thoughts.”

Jenni, who has been a volunteer for more than thirty years, is one of more than twenty thousand Samaritans volunteers who offer support to anyone who may be feeling overwhelmed, by phone, email, text, letter or face to face.

Samaritans volunteers in Leeds can also be found everywhere from schools, workplaces, communities, charity shops and prisons.


Since September 2015, Samaritans has offered calls to its 116 123 number for free, removing any financial barrier to calling, with support from telecoms companies and the Big Lottery Fund. Last year, its volunteers made a difference by responding to more than 5.7 million calls for help, an increase of 300,000 on the previous year.

“Samaritans volunteers can make the difference between someone getting through tough times, or not. But we’re just one part of the equation,” said Alwyne Greenbank Director of Leeds Samaritans. “Suicide is an inequality issue. For example, if you are male, middle-aged and from the poorest background you are ten more times at risk of suicide than if you’re from the richest. We want to see everyone from politicians and policy makers to employers and educators working together to reduce inequality and ensure that resources are targeted at those who are most at risk.”

Samaritans Leeds would like to mark the week by thanking everyone who gives their time to help achieve its mission, that fewer people die by suicide.

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Experiences of Carers of People with Cancer & Dementia Sought for New Study


A Leeds Beckett University researcher is looking for volunteers to share their experiences of caring for someone with both cancer and dementia.

Mollie Price, a Psychology PhD student within the School of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett, is looking to uncover the unmet needs of carers of people with both cancer and dementia as part of a new research project which will result in the creation of a support programme delivered by Carers Leeds.

Mollie is looking for volunteers to take part in one-to-one interviews with her, which can take place wherever the carer feels most comfortable. Interviews will take from 60 to 90 minutes. Refreshments will be provided and any expenses and carer replacement costs will be covered. As part of the interview, volunteers will be asked to talk about their experiences as a carer, and their challenges and supportive needs.

“By 2020, almost 50% of the UK population will develop cancer in their lifetime and, by 2025, there will be more than one million people in the UK with dementia,” said Mollie. “Therefore, the number of people living with two or more chronic conditions, which is known as comorbidity or multi-morbidity, is expected to rise in the coming years. This includes people living with co-occurring diagnoses of cancer and dementia.

“While previous studies have explored the experiences of carers of adults with more than one chronic condition, none have focused on carers of people with both cancer and dementia. The findings from the interviews will inform the next stage of my study, which will be the development and testing of a support programme or approach to be delivered by Carers Leeds to help address carers’ support needs. I don’t yet know what this support will look like because it will be based on what carers tell me they need, but examples of carer support for other conditions include education, coping skills training, social support groups, improving communication between carer and care-recipient, and help with problem solving. I hope the support programme or approach will help to improve carer health and wellbeing and improve outcomes and quality of life for the person they care for.”

Earlier this year, Mollie won the prize for the best three-minute-thesis oral presentation on her doctoral research at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) 2017 annual conference at the University of Oxford.

If you are a carer and may be interested in taking part then you should be providing, or have provided (within the last five years), unpaid care to someone with both cancer and dementia, be over 18 and speak fluent English. For more information, or if you would like to take part, please contact Mollie Price on 0113 812 8969 or or contact Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338.




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Surprise Singing Event for Dementia Awareness Week


Dementia Friendly Leeds is holding a surprise singing event on Saturday 20th May at 2.30pm at St John’s Shopping Centre, on Merrion Street.

This is part of Dementia Awareness week and aims to bring together people living with dementia, carers, family members and the general community.

There will be several dementia inclusive groups taking part, including ‘Singing for the Brain’ in Chapel Allerton, ‘Giving Voice’ choir in the city centre and Alzheimer’s Society Leeds. The groups hope to raise awareness of dementia in a fun way.

“Its great to be a part of this event and helping to raise awareness of dementia,” said speech and language therapist Wendy Neill, who manages Giving Voice Choir. “Hopefully we can show the pleasure singing brings and that you can live well with dementia. It would be great if we inspire someone to join a singing group.”

Everyone is welcome to come and watch or join in. Dementia Friendly Leeds aims to share the message that living with dementia doesn’t mean you are unable to do things you enjoy or get involved with the local community.

If you want to learn more about Dementia Friendly Leeds or Singing Groups contact Leeds Dementia Action Alliance on: 0113 244 1697 or email


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Forward Leeds Runs Leeds Half Marathon for The Crypt

Suzanne Macklin, Rob Lumley, Nicola Lines & Kyle Walker from Forward Leeds


Staff from drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds are running to raise funds for the homeless charity St George’s Crypt.

Six members of the team at Forward Leeds are running in the Leeds Half Marathon on the 14th May and raising money for St. George’s Crypt.

St. George’s Crypt is a Leeds based charity set up in 1930 to help people suffering from homelessness, addiction and other vulnerabilities, offering food, temporary accommodation and a range of other services.

“Our runners have been training hard for this”, said Nicola Lines from Forward Leeds. “We want to make as much money as possible for St George’s Crypt. We help and support people from a variety of backgrounds and in all circumstances at Forward Leeds. St. George’s Crypt offers assistance to our clients. We all feel passionate about helping vulnerable people and we wanted to run to show our support for the great work they do.”

To sponsor Team Forward Leeds visit



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