Smiling Loiners are busting stereotypes

Ben Merriman from Wakefield spent the day as head chef at a top London hotel thanks to Make-A-Wish
Ben Merriman from Wakefield spent the day as head chef at a top London hotel thanks to Make-A-Wish
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YORKSHIRE Folk have long been tarred with a stereotype of grumpiness - but it seems when it comes to Loiners, we’re busting the myth.

People in Leeds smile 19 times day, according to a new survey, more than the national average of 16. Just 15 per cent of Leeds folk who were surveyed by Primula Cheese and the Make-A-Wish charity said they rarely laugh or smile - considerably lower than the national average of 24 per cent.

More than 80 per cent said their mood improves when they are smiled at and say they wished more people would do it more often.

Primula is working with Make-A-Wish to raise money for children with life-threatening conditions to have their wish granted and put a smile on their face. It is donating 20 per cent of special ‘Just Say cheese’ packs sold through October and November to the campaign.

Seven-year-old Wakefield youngster Ben Merriman, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2011, recently had his wish to become a head chef at a top London hotel granted for the day.

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