WE’RE halfway there – that was the message today from the charity running the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Winter Warmth Campaign.
Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) is aiming to raise £50,000 by Christmas so it can give out as many grants as possible to groups working with old people in the city during the coldest months of the year.
The YEP threw its weight behind the campaign at the start of November – and today it was revealed that just under £25,000 has been collected. LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “We have been blown away by the support the campaign has received from the public ... but we need more help if we are going to reach our target.
“We know what a difference a little bit of help can make to old and vulnerable people over the winter months and we are urging people to donate if they can.”
Companies that have given their backing to the appeal include law firm DAC Beachcroft and telecommunications business AQL.
DAC Beachcroft donated £300 using funds made available by its decision to send Christmas cards by email rather than post this year.
Roohi Collins, a partner at the firm, said: “We’re really pleased to have lent our support, I’m sure every little bit helps.”
The LCF launched its campaign after Government funding cuts threatened to drastically reduce the amount of cash it had to distribute as grants compared to last winter.
Online donations to the appeal can be made via the www.leedscf.org.uk/donate-online web page.
Cheques made payable to Leeds Community Foundation can be posted to 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.