Confectionery giant Haribo is sweet on Leeds charity following visit from Prince Harry

Prince Harry at the Haribo factory in Castleford.
Prince Harry at the Haribo factory in Castleford.

Confectionery company Haribo has served up a right royal boost for mental health charities in Leeds.

Haribo’s factory in Castleford was one of the places visited by Prince Harry during his trip to West Yorkshire last summer.

The trip also saw Harry attending an event bringing together mental health projects that have received backing from the Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity’s Leeds Fund programme.

And now Haribo has announced that it is donating £20,000 to the Leeds Fund’s latest #GiveLoveLeeds grants round.

Grants distributed during this round will go to mental health charities supporting young people in the city.

Haribo managing director Herwig Vennekens said: “Haribo is proud to support its local communities.

“We have been involved in a range of charitable activities for many years and are pleased to be able to provide LCF with the funds needed to continue their work in this crucial area.”

LCF chief executive Kate Hainsworth said: “We are extremely pleased that Haribo has decided to support the fourth round of #GiveLoveLeeds grants which will help projects that encourage happy young minds across Leeds.

“We are particularly grateful to both Prince Harry and Haribo for championing mental health and supporting the Leeds Fund.

“Thanks to Haribo we can continue to support charities across the city that make a difference every day.”

Harry is spearheading a mental health awareness campaign called Heads Together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and last year the three Royals backed the Yorkshire Evening Post’s #SpeakYourMind initiative.

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The deadline for applications for the new #GiveLoveLeeds funding round is January 31.