Healthy support for Leeds charity appeal

A CGI image of how the new building will look.
A CGI image of how the new building will look.
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An appeal to raise funds for a new Leeds Mencap centre in East End Park has been given a big-money boost.

Health cash plan provider Simplyhealth’s Community Fund in Leeds has donated £16,700 towards the cost of an activity zone in the building on Raincliffe Road.

Its donation follows the start of work on the new centre, which will stand on the former site of Mount St Mary’s Primary School.

And today Leeds Mencap called on other groups and individuals to join Simplyhealth by supporting the scheme.

The charity’s head of fundraising, Sarah Hooker, said: “The activity zone is at the heart of the new centre and will provide much-needed space for a whole range of purposes.

“We can’t thank Simplyhealth enough for their support and we’d urge others to get involved to help us find the remaining £500,000 needed for this amazing project.”

Simplyhealth sales and marketing director Raman Sankaran said: “We’ve been supporters of Leeds Mencap for many years and are delighted to be able to help fund this project.

“At Simplyhealth, we’re committed to helping people make the most of life and we believe that the new centre will do just that by providing vital services and support to many people in our community living or caring for someone with learning disabilities.”

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, most of the cash needed for the £2.5m scheme has already been secured thanks to support from donors including Jimbo’s Fund, which was set up by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

The centre will be home to a nursery and other facilities for the wider community, helping to make it the first of its kind in the country.

A Buy a Brick scheme has been launched to help raise the outstanding money, visit the www.leedsmencap.org.uk website for further information.