Leeds Children’s Charity marks major milestone

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A Leeds charity that supports vulnerable youngsters across the city has marked a major milestone in its 111-year history.

Leeds Children’s Charity, which is thought to be one of the oldest charities in Leeds, provides free residential shortbreaks to hundreds of disadvantaged young people every year.

And now the charity has marked supporting 60,000 young people by burying a commemorative time capusule at its centre near Silverdale.

The capsule contains items reflecting on the charity’s heritage including photographs and digital recordings of the young people who have visited the centre over the years.

The charity is planning to unearth the capsule when it has supported its 75,000th child.

Charity director David Norman said: “Just as families are going on holiday it is important to remember that for many children in and around Leeds there is little or no prospect of having a break from the pressures they face in their daily lives.

“These pressures include caring duties and family problems caused by ill health.

“We are immensely proud of what the charity has achieved since it first started and yet disappointed that the need to provide respite breaks today is as strong as it ever was.

“Silverdale now provides a break for up to 500 children each year.

“For many, this is the first time that some of them will have visited the seaside.”

The YEP revealed earlier this year that thousands of children across the city are caught in the grip of poverty.

A total of 30,000 children in the city are living in poverty, with Burmantofts and Richmond Hill among the places worst affected.

The charity is now calling on people and business across Leeds to get behind its Challenge 60,000 campaign which launches next month.

The fundraising drive aims to raise £60,000 in 60,000 minutes.

For more details visit www.leedschildrenscharity.org.uk.