Leeds communities can benefit from £100,000 cash giveaway

Groups in Leeds who have been boosted by the YEP-backed Red Nose Day Community Cash scheme celebrate the launch of this year's giveaway. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Groups in Leeds who have been boosted by the YEP-backed Red Nose Day Community Cash scheme celebrate the launch of this year's giveaway. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
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A £100,000 giveaway has been launched to benefit community groups across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with Comic Relief and Leeds Community Foundation to bring Red Nose Day Community Cash to local people in need.

Streetwise-Love Leeds celebrate the launch of Red Nose Day Community Cash grants 2015. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Streetwise-Love Leeds celebrate the launch of Red Nose Day Community Cash grants 2015. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available to small organisations in the region that are doing great work to help local people who are living tough lives.

More than 140 projects in Yorkshire have been boosted by Red Nose Day Community Cash since last year, including Streetwise-Love Leeds which provides a safe environment, food and clothing to some of the city’s most vulnerable adults.

Nicola Furbisher, the YEP’s managing editor, said: “It’s great to team up with Comic Relief and Leeds Community Foundation to support worthy groups and organisations who so greatly need funding.

“We’re urging groups across the region to get in touch to make sure that this money helps the communities who need it the most in Leeds and beyond.”

All this week the YEP will be shedding more light on the Red Nose Day Community Cash scheme and the invaluable Leeds groups who have been supported by grants in the past.

The cash giveaway comes as people all over the UK are being urged to do their bit once again this year by making their faces funny for money this Red Nose Day, which will take place on Friday March 13.

TV presenter and Leeds Trinity University chancellor Gabby Logan is joining the cast of famous faces supporting Red Nose Day by making her face funny for money. She said: “You, your friends and your family can get involved. It’s such an easy way to help to raise money that will change the lives of people here in Yorkshire, across the UK and Africa.”

Last year Yorkshire residents raised and donated more than £1.6million for Red Nose Day, which is used to help vulnerable people all over the world.

To apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant visit: www.leedscf.org.uk or for Red Nose Day information and fundraising ideas visit: www.rednoseday.com

GRANT GAVE HOT MEALS TO THE HOMELESS IN LEEDS

Vulnerable adults living on the streets of Leeds are being given hot meals and a friendly social space thanks to the support of a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant.

Streetwise-Love Leeds, a project which has been running since 2010, opens once a week to provide a safe environment, food and clothing to adults living in Leeds city centre, many of them homeless.

It offers hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, soup and snacks to as many as 60 people. In addition to food and drink, it offers a befriending service and social activities to visitors.

Alison Beckwith, director of the project, explained that the Red Nose Day Community Cash Grant helped to keep it open and helped them set up a food bank service.

She said: “It really made a huge difference to the lives of our beneficiaries.”

Small organisations interested in applying for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant of £500 to £1,000 should visit www.leedscf.org.uk.

Rachel Reeves.

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