Day of clowning around in Leeds for mental health charity

FUN IN MIND: Peter Turner, AKA Peanut the clown, with Julie Parkinson. PIC: Tony Johnson
FUN IN MIND: Peter Turner, AKA Peanut the clown, with Julie Parkinson. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Leeds’ Kirkgate Market is hosting a family fun day today to raise awareness of mental health issues, with proceeds going to the city branch of mental health charity Mind.

Julie Parkinson, an art enterprise student, has organised more than 30 stalls for ‘With Art in Mind’ and a range of activities for all the family to enjoy.

The fundraiser will feature a tug of war between rugby players from Bradford Bulls and Hunsley Hawks, a treasure hunt involving the market traders and performances by live bands.

Attendees will also have the chance to buy one of 300 canvas bags designed by people with mental health problems who are undergoing art therapy.

Julie, who is organising the event in her own time, said: “I’ve suffered from depression over the years and I’ve found that art has really helped me.

“I also have family members who have suffered from mental illnesses and help is not always available.

“It’s not something people talk about but events like this are opening up the discussion about mental health.”

Alongside the entertainment, a spokesman from Mind will attend the event to talk about the work they do in Leeds.

Children will also be able to enjoy a performance by Peanut the Clown, founder of Leeds Children’s Circus who also goes into schools for mindful teaching sessions, which encourage students to talk about their feelings.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm at Kirkgate Market on Vicar Lane and entry is free.

Kevin Hollinrake MP for Thirsk and Malton Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

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