Leeds children give charity a boost

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Primary schoolchildren have pulled out all the stops to help disadvantaged youngsters.

Leeds Children’s Charity has received thousands of tins and jars of food from 19 primary schools across the city in response to its Harvest Festival Appeal.

The charity, which was founded in 1904 and is thought to be one of the oldest in Leeds, provides free residential short breaks and respite opportunities for children aged seven to 11 years old who are from challenging or disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Leeds Rotary Club collected boxes of donations and transported them to the Leeds office.

Leeds Children’s Charity director Dave Norman said: “On behalf of the charity I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the schools who donated all or part of their harvest festival goods to us. I would also like to say thank you to the Rotary Club of Leeds for their wonderful help and support.

“The response has been absolutely fantastic. The work of the charity focuses on working with and supporting young people who are in real need. The donations mean we can replenish a significant proportion of our food store in readiness for the start of the 2016 season which we hope will see our first group of youngsters visiting in early spring.”

The food will provide a vital supplement to the catering requirements at Silverdale, the charity’s purpose-built centre overlooking Morecambe Bay, which each year gives hundreds of children from across Leeds a respite break from the extreme pressures they face in their daily lives. This year the charity, which relies entirely on donations, has provided its 60,000th short break at the centre.

It is now gearing up to offer more than 500 youngsters happy memories and the health and wellbeing benefits that a week away provides in 2016.