Leeds German Market raises cash for kids

Generous traders and shoppers at the German Christmas Market in Leeds raised more than £2,000 for sick children at a city hospital.

Aki Lowenthal, owner of the Frankfurter-Scheune – the centrepiece of the annual market in Millennium Square –- held a collection for Leeds Children's Hospital.

He was joined at Leeds General Infirmary by Coun Adam Ogilvie (Lab, Beeston and Holbeck) and members of Leeds City Council events team to hand over the 2,223 raised to Sharon Edwards, fundraising manager at the hospital.

She said: "We would just like to say a massive thanks to Mr Lowenthal and all the traders and public attending this year's German Market that contributed to raising such a fantastic amount.

"The money which has been presented will make such a difference to so many of our patients' lives.

"On behalf of Leeds Children's Hospital and our young patients and families, thank you so much for supporting this fantastic cause."

Mr Lowenthal said: "We're always made to feel very welcome in Leeds and it's now like our second home. We are of course pleased to be able to contribute to the equipment for the children's ward."

The market, which is run in partnership between Leeds City Council and Frankfurt am Main, enjoyed another successful year, attracting more than 250,000 visitors during its five-week stay on Millennium Square.

Coun Ogilvie, executive member for leisure, said he hoped the traders' kind gesture would help the children in the hospital.

He added: "The Christkindelmarkt brings so much to the people of Leeds and this is another great example of the event giving something back to the city."

With the market now over and the stalls dismantled, Millennium Square will soon be prepared for its next big attraction - The Ice Cube.

The UK's largest temporary outdoor ice skating rink returns on January 15 and runs until March 6.

For more information, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/ice cube

* The hospital's fundraising team organises a series of events and initiatives throughout the year. For more information, visit www.leedshospitalsfundraising.org.uk.

david.marsh@ypn.co.uk

by david marsh

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