Key donations help charity to keep kitchen running

Members of Multiple Choice
Members of Multiple Choice
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A charity based in the city centre of Leeds has exceeded its fundraising target to keep a breakfast and lunch club running.

Multiple Choice is a community rehabilitation and Rrcovery service for people that need support in overcoming addiction.

Members have hosted a number of different themed fancy dress days within their office and also on social media to try and drum up support.

The charity has been running since 1999, is located in Leeds city centre near the West Yorkshire Playhouse and it works with more than 200 people each year to beat drug addiction and achieve lasting recovery.

The group dressed up in 1980s gear, pyjamas, onesies and other costumes over the five days of the event.

Staff and peer mentors also hosted a bake sale and staff and clients ran a market stall.

Social media updates kept supporters and the public informed and also offered ways to raise funding online, so the group could start fundraising ahead of the week.

Daisy Davey, who is the peer mentoring and learning manager at Multiple Choice, said the money was needed to provide food and refreshments for people attending the groups and courses running every week day.

She said: “It costs around £3,000 every year to provide the breakfast and lunch clubs we are fundraising for.

"We hoped to get around £200 from this event to put towards it.”

The group had set up a fundraising page online and before the official week had begun had already gained more than double the amount that was needed.

A delighted Daisy added: 
“We have got over £500 and that’s just on the online website 
which was set up before we started.”

Hillary Benn, Labour MP 
for Leeds Central, congratulated the group on meeting its target.

He said: “Our community benefits enormously from organisations which help others like the work Multiple Choice does and it is very important that those who have least, 
gain the greatest amount of support.”

Although the group exceeded the original aims set for this fundraising attempt, Multiple Choice will need to continue to raise funds to meet the overall target set for the year.

Daisy said the group will continue fundraising to meet its overall target for the year and will be conducting a number of other events during the rest of 2014, with one being planned already.

She said: “We are in the initial discussions about doing the Abbey Dash in November to try and raise £3,000.”

Visit more about the group.

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