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Party time for girls on Leeds charity 25th birthday

GETAWAY GIRLS: Angela Griffin with Stacey Alderson, Sarah Jolly, Becki Webster and Shanise James-Blair. PIC: James Hardisty

GETAWAY GIRLS: Angela Griffin with Stacey Alderson, Sarah Jolly, Becki Webster and Shanise James-Blair. PIC: James Hardisty

A charity in Leeds celebrated its 25th birthday with a huge party at the weekend.

Getaway Girls has helped thousands of women since it was set up a quarter of a century ago.

The charity, based at Bayswater Grove, aims to help young women and girls aged from 11 to 25 build friendships and confidence.

It also offers group work, peer education, volunteering opportunities and training to help raise their aspirations and allow them to reach their full potential.

A party to celebrate the charity’s 25th birthday was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wellington Street yesterday. (Dece 15)

Performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke and singer Christella Litras entertained the audience.

Flavia Docherty is director of Getaway Girls and helped get the charity off the ground with colleagues Sue Dare and Jenny Appleyard.

She said: “It has still got the same values as it did 25 years ago.

“It is still really relevant and is making a difference to their lives.

“They are going to university and getting good jobs and doing good things in the community.

“Lots of the girls who have been involved over the years are coming to the party and one of them is doing a speech.”

She added: “It is fantastic that we’ve reached 25 years.”

The service supports 400 young women every year, some of which are from broken or abusive homes, are struggling at school, are young mums, dealing with mental health issues or just want to make new friends.

Leeds actress Angela Griffin is the patron of Getaway Girls.

To find out more about the charity, visit the website at www.getawaygirls.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can call the Getaway Girls’ office on 0113 240 5894.

 

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