Charities and groups from across the city attended an end-of-year bash thrown by Leeds Community Foundation which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Throughout 2015, the foundation’s work includes supporting over 400 community groups, distributing £3.5m in grants - taking its total to £27m since 2005, pledging £1m to help build Leeds Mencap’s new children’s centre and raising £6,000 to support young carers in Leeds.
The event, at Kirkgate Chambers, brought together representatives from over 50 groups supported by the foundation and included a performance by Leeds Children’s Circus, a gallery display and silent auction of all of the top 20 images from the YEP-backed community photographer competition My Leeds in Focus, held earlier this year.
Helena Bladon, development worker at Carers Leeds was among those paying tribute to LCF’s work. She said: “LCF has been hugely supportive of Carers Leeds.
“Without access to local funds, the Carers Support Groups we run would not have reached so many carers across the city.
“Carers Leeds is now able to run 30 monthly Carers Support Groups accessible to a wide range of carers.”
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of LCF, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported LCF this year.
“Without donors from individuals, families and businesses we would not be able to support the thousands of community groups which deliver vital services in our local communities. Here is to the next 10 years!”
For more information on Leeds Community Foundation, and how to donate to the charities it supports, visit their website at www.leedscf.org.uk.