The Lord Mayor of Leeds has called on the city to get behind the Leeds Children’s Hospital as he nears the end of a year of fundraising in the charity’s honour.
Coun David Congreve has urged Leeds residents and businesses to give what they can to the worthy cause in a final push for his Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. He named the hospital as the chosen charity for his term of office, which ends this May, and has so far raised about £20,000. He said: “I knew Leeds people have kind and generous hearts but I’ve been amazed by the generosity of people this year.
I think it’s good for one’s soul to help others in many ways, and giving to charity is one of them.
“These are tough times and difficult for businesses as well.
“I think it’s good for one’s soul to help others in many ways, and giving to charity is one of them.”
The Leeds Children’s Hospital was created in 2010 to bring all specialised inpatient services into one location at LGI and last year it treated over 200,000 children.
Money raised through the appeal helps buy non-NHS funded equipment and improve wards for patients and families. Coun Congreve said: “Everyone hates to see a child being ill and many wish they could take the illness off them. But unfortunately you can’t. But what you can do is help make their stay in hospital a positive experience.”
He said as well as raising money, his aim over the year has been to spread the word about the hospital: “If there’s a long-standing legacy, it’s raising awareness of the hospital’s work and dedication of staff there - be it doctors, nurses, cleaners, auxiliary staff and volunteers.”
Tomorrow night, daredevils are invited to gather at Millennium Square at 6pm for a firewalk in aid of the appeal. Registration costs £15.
Coun Congreve said: “It’s a very exciting event for the city. We’re hoping to attract all age groups to have a go.”
To donate, text: ‘LMCA01’ to 70070, or visit www.justgiving.com/lmca.
For details on how to donate automatically through your wage slip email firstname.lastname@example.org.