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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.”

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Play to Raise Awareness of Dementia at Leeds Trinity


A play focusing on family care issues before and after a diagnosis of dementia will be performed at Leeds Trinity University for Dementia Awareness Week on Friday 19 May.

Don’t Leave Me Now, written by award-winning Leeds playwright Brian Daniels and directed by Jeni Draper, will be presented as a dramatised play reading by five professional actors from New End Theatre Beyond.

It explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different family units and is inspired by the journals of Professor Rachael Dixey from Leeds, who nursed her long-term partner Irene through early onset dementia. The play also focuses on Cindy Toulman from Harrogate, who visited her husband in a care home, each day, for the last seven years of his life.

“Dementia is a life-limiting illness with a debilitating impact on family life; the devastating effects on memory and behaviour, and the vulnerability of the person diagnosed,” said Brian Daniels. “But there’s also love, acceptance and humour, and I wanted to incorporate and balance the two in this play.”

Hosted by Horsforth Town Council, Don’t Leave Me Now concludes a week of activities across Horsforth for Dementia Awareness Week, including talks, presentations and coffee mornings.

The play has had more than 120 performances throughout the UK and is seen as a valuable educational tool for families, health authorities, GPs, universities, colleges and NHS Trusts. It is endorsed by dementia charities The Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, Dementia Pathfinders and Care England, and the performance at Leeds Trinity University is supported by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.

Don’t Leave Me Now takes place at 6.30pm on Friday 19 May at Leeds Trinity University, with refreshments available from 6pm.

The play is free and is open to all members of the public. Tickets can be secured online through Eventbrite or in person from the reception desk at Leeds Trinity University and Horsforth Community Hub Library.


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Nominate a Female Coach


Nominations are being sought for a new campaign rewarding and inspiring female coaches.

The #PassOnYourPassion campaign is running across northern England to tackle the inequality in the numbers of people coaching. Females make up only 30% of coaches in the country and only 17% of qualified coaches*.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is coordinating the campaign in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, and is inviting people to nominate females coaching at any level of sport deserving of recognition.  Forty coaches in each county will be selected to be part of the campaign and inspire more women to get involved.  Women can also self-nominate.

There’s no commitment from those nominated at this stage and more information will be provided once the coaches have been shortlisted.

To complete a nomination visit   Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 April.


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Dementia Friendly Leeds Awarded Funding to Support Local Communities


Dementia Friendly Leeds, hosted by the Leeds Older People’s Forum, recently received a Third Sector Health Grant of £24,613, which will be used to support two communities in North Leeds to become dementia friendly (these have not been chosen yet, contact for details). The grant is from NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group, and is part of a CCG programme worth nearly a million pounds, managed by Leeds Community Foundation.

The grant will be used to employ a Dementia Friendly Leeds Communities Officer, who will work closely with two communities to set up services for people living with dementia, and raise awareness amongst local organisations and residents. The project aims to share the message that it’s the small things that can make a big difference to people living with dementia.

“Working closely with a specific area will ensure that people have awareness of dementia on a very local level”, said Sarah Goodyear, who manages dementia friendly work citywide. “Whether it’s the bank, school or cafe, the whole community will work together to ensure people with dementia feel supported, understood and able to contribute to their community.”

Dementia Friendly Leeds has also secured funding to continue its work supporting organisations. It offers free support to all organisations that want to learn about dementia, and how they can adapt their services and environment to be more dementia friendly.

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A Call to Increase Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer


According to a national awareness survey commissioned by Pancreatic Cancer Action, only 5% of people claim to know about the disease. Yet, across the nation 9,600 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 8,800 will die of the disease this year. In Yorkshire and Humberside, 795 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Of that number, only 40 survived.

It is the UK’s fifth worst cause of cancer death, with a survival rate of just 5% – the worst of the 22 most common cancers. Despite these stats, pancreatic cancer remains largely unheard of and research into the disease is chronically underfunded.

Pancreatic Cancer Action was founded by Ali Stunt, who is a rare survivor of the disease. Its main objective is to raise awareness with the public, the medical community and the government in order to improve early diagnosis.

“Despite the increasingly high rate of pancreatic cancer in the UK”, said Ali, “our new research highlights a fundamental lack of awareness of the telltale signs of the disease. Survival rates remain at a standstill, with less than 1% of sufferers being given a prognosis for a ten-year life expectancy. Given that there is currently no screening process available, it is imperative that people can spot the signs and symptoms early enough to make surgery a viable option and improve survival rates.”

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) jaundice, weight loss, new onset diabetes and severe abdominal or back pain. Most people with these symptoms will not have pancreatic cancer, but anyone with one or more of them should see their GP. For more information on symptoms visit

About Pancreatic Cancer Action

Pancreatic Cancer Action’s aim is to change pancreatic cancer survival numbers and improve early detection statistics. It is focused on raising awareness of pancreatic cancer with the public, the medical community and Government, providing education and training on pancreatic cancer to medical professionals and funding research specifically into improving early diagnosis.

Founded by Ali Stunt, who is herself a survivor of the disease. Pancreatic Cancer Action has the support of many leading clinicians and researchers in the pancreatic cancer arena along with others whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer in some way.

Further information about pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is currently very difficult to diagnose. Upon diagnosis, most sufferers find they have untreatable terminal cancer with an average life expectancy of between three to six months. Surgery is currently the only cure but only 10% are diagnosed in time for this to be an option.

Classic symptoms for pancreatic cancer include painless jaundice, significant weight loss, new onset diabetes not associated with weight gain and significant abdominal pain and/or back pain.


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A Run Just for Kids at Temple Newsam


Radical Run has designed an obstacle course just for children. The 3km course at Temple Newsam will take place on Saturday 29th April and has some amazing inflatable obstacles that children (aged 5 – 14) can run, jump, climb and slide over. It is challenging, fun, and a great day out for the family.

Safety is paramount. All obstacles are marshalled by at least two marshalls who will encourage the participants and help make the day enjoyable. Of course, there are loads of other family activities at Temple Newsam, including the farm, playparks, and walks. In addition, the team from Kings Camps will be providing free entertainment for children from age three and up.

Run with friends

Advanced tickets are required to participate and can be purchased via, spectators are free. There are two start times – 10am for high school age children, and 12 noon for primary school ages.

Representatives from Martin House Children’s Hospice will be there promoting their work. The hospice provides care, support and practical help for children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. Visit their stall and find out how you can help.




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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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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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The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer


Horsforth-based charity the Bone Cancer Research Trust has launched a new £1.1 million campaign for 2017. The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer is the largest campaign the charity has ever launched and will run for 12 months until December 2017.

Each year in the UK and Ireland around 600 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed and around 300 people die from these cancers. Young people are most likely to be affected as the disease has a peak incidence between the ages of 10 to 24 years old. Patients that survive the disease often face disability as a result of life-altering surgery and treatment.

In recent years there have been significant advances in understanding and treatments of more common cancers, but through a lack of research there have been no significant improvements to primary bone cancer survival rates for nearly 30 years – a fact the charity is working hard to combat.



The Bone Cancer Research Trust is the only charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer. Over the last three years the charity has encouraged more researchers to explore primary bone cancer and have funded more research projects than ever before in its history.

Now the charity urgently needs to secure new funding as its income has fallen in recent years and currently it is receiving more applications for grants than it can fund.



Mat Cottle-Shaw, Head of Fundraising and Communications, said: “The money raised from The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer will ensure we can fund more research, provide more information, raise more awareness, support more individuals and ultimately save more lives.”

The charity is now calling on North Leeds residents to support their pioneering efforts in any way that they can – from holding a Bake It for Bone Cancer event to taking part in a sporting challenge.

Visit and follow #TheBiggestFight on social media to get involved with the campaign.

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Mary Poppins Scolds Government as Air Pollution Limits Broken Five Days into 2017



On 6th January, as the UK broke 2017’s annual air pollution limits only five days into the year (three days earlier than last year), childhood champion Mary Poppins was spotted soaring over Leeds in a pollution mask, calling on politicians to clean up the UK’s air to protect kids’ lungs.

Greenpeace, which was behind her appearance, is urging the government to end the sale of new diesel cars, most of which pump out between two to 15 times the legal limits, and push manufacturers to rapidly shift to hybrid and electric vehicles.

“It’s shocking that it’s taken only five days to break the UK’s annual limit of air pollution”, said Alan Rawlinson, local Greenpeace activist. “Despite growing concerns about the health impacts of diesel fumes, the government has done almost nothing to tackle car companies since they were caught cheating emissions tests. Unbelievably, the government is still incentivising consumers to buy brand new diesel cars that are pumping out illegal levels of pollution. If cars coming off the production line had dodgy brakes, you know the government would step in to sort it out. We urgently need to stop the sale of new diesel models until emission testing is truly fit for purpose. Better still, we need car companies to phase out diesel completely and concentrate on hybrid and electric alternatives. We need #cleanairnow.”

Under EU rules, any single location in the UK is only allowed to breach hourly limits of 200 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air 18 times in a year, but late last night Brixton Road in London broke that limit for the 19th time. That breach means the UK has already violated 2017’s annual air pollution limits just five days into the year.

In the past few months, doctors, health professionals and campaigners, have all spoken out about the devastating impact of air pollution on human health, especially children’s. Air pollution can cause asthma in otherwise healthy children, stunts children’s lung growth permanently by up to 10%, and is linked to strokes, heart disease and diabetes in older people.

In November 2016, the High Court ruled for the second time in 18 months that the government is not doing enough to combat the air pollution crisis. The judge also said ministers knew that over-optimistic pollution modeling was being used, based on flawed lab tests of diesel vehicles rather than actual emissions on the road. The government must now look again at proposals to bring pollution levels down to legal levels.



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