A charity which helps fund school trips for disadvantaged children in the city is appealing for support to hit its £100,000 target.
The Youth Hostelling Charity YHA (England and Wales) has raised more than £55,000 for its Breaks for Kids fund but is falling short of its ambitious target, which it must reach before the end of the year.
Breaks for Kids funding covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of accommodation and meals for young people from low-income households on trips with schools, community groups, charities and other youth groups like Scouts and Guides.
The fund helps some students from Castleton Primary School, Alwoodley Primary School, East Garforth Primary School and Gledhow Primary School to regularly stay at Youth Hostels as part of their studies.
Alister Darnell, a teacher from Castleton Primary School, said: “Breaks for Kids allows us to make a residential visit possible to Boggle Hole for the vast majority of class who have neither been on holiday nor even visited the coast. We have now run this residential for five years and the benefits to all pupils at the start of a school year are enormous. We are desperate for this experience for our children to continue.
“The benefits to all pupils are endless, as many of the pupils have had no summer holidays and many have no experience of a visit to the coast. We have numerous health and life-style issues in inner city Leeds, and such visits strongly encourage the outdoor lifestyle. I cannot stress enough the importance of this funding to the children at Castleton, it opens doors that would without it remain shut; long may it continue.”
If YHA hits its target, it will be able to reach an additional 1,500 young people. Its recent Impact Review revealed that two in five children who live in families that are ‘not well off at all’ have missed a term-time school trip because of the cost.