YOU ARE our champions – that was today’s message from local charity chiefs to the people of Leeds.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has been speaking to good causes across the city as part of the paper’s new Love Leeds campaign.
And one of the main themes that emerged was how much they appreciate the support they receive from the residents of Yorkshire’s unofficial capital.
Today’s praise was led by the new Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman. She told the YEP: “The generosity from the people and city of Leeds to the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity year in, year out is simply unbelievable, and has helped raise an amazing amount of money for a variety of extremely worthy causes.
“This year I will be supporting Specialist Autism Services as part of my own charity appeal, who are doing such a tremendous job working with adults on the autism spectrum to increase their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and independence.
“We would be delighted to hear of any ideas that residents, local businesses, groups and organisations in Leeds might have regarding how they might be able to help raise money and support my charity appeal over the next year.”
Heather O’Donnell, chief executive of Age UK Leeds, also hailed the backing her charity gets from Loiners.
Based near the St Johns Centre, Age UK Leeds last year provided support and advice to nearly 6,000 older people.
Yesterday some service users were out and about in the city centre on a walk organised as part of its health and well-being programme. Another of the charity’s successful projects is Hospital To Home, which helps older people settle safely back into their houses and flats after visits to A&E at St James’s.
Heather said: “Hospital To Home gets fabulous volunteer support – although of course we can always use more! We have to raise all our funding ourselves so all the assistance we receive is greatly valued.”
People interested in becoming a Hospital To Home volunteer are asked to visit the www.ageuk.org.uk/leeds website for further information.
Love Leeds has been launched to celebrate everything that is good about the city in the YEP’s 125th anniversary year.
READERS URGED TO SHARE VIEWS
Yorkshire Evening Post readers are being asked to take a key role in the paper’s new Love Leeds campaign.
We want to hear your views on why the city is one of the best places in the UK to work, rest and play.
Is it the people? The shops? Its sporting stars? Its thriving social scene?
And what needs to be done to help keep the city on the up-and-up?
Special memories of life in Leeds in years gone by are also welcome.
Don’t delay, get involved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting us @LeedsNews.