YEP Says, April 25: Good deeds show Big Society is alive and well

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BRIGHT sunshine and wide smiles were the order of the day for yesterday’s fun run in memory of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

BRIGHT sunshine and wide smiles were the order of the day for yesterday’s fun run in memory of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

More than 2,000 children from across the city took part in the two-kilometre run, which was started by Mrs Maguire’s family.

It was a wonderful event and they would surely have been delighted that here was a truly fitting tribute to a teacher who dedicated her life to the children in her care.

The run will continue her hard work, raising money as it does for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund which will provide bursaries and funding for the personal development of youngsters under the age of 18 through music, drama, language and dance. A worthy cause indeed.

And that wasn’t the only good news story from the city yesterday, with schools, businesses and individuals taking part in fundraising events for the first ever Just One Day, which aims to give a final fundraising push to the mayor’s chosen charity this year – the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal – before he finishes his term of office this May.

And the good deeds don’t end there, with many runners from Leeds taking part in tomorrow’s London Marathon to raise money for those who need it most.

David Cameron may not have mentioned it for a while, but here’s heartwarming evidence of that famous Big Society in action.

Now let’s pray calls lead to rapist

THE reconstruction of the rape of a Leeds teenager was seen by millions of viewers on TV’s Crimewatch.

It made for harrowing viewing, but the good news was that it also prompted dozens of calls to detectives leading the hunt for her attacker.

They say the callers provided some significant leads and they are now working through them.

A £5,000 reward is available for information that results in his capture and police have produced their best e-fit yet.

Now let’s pray it all results in a breakthrough. Every minute this monster is on the loose is a minute too long.

Chris Miller by his graffiti in East End Park.

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