Leeds Tent City fundraising site continues to raise cash for homeless in need

TENT CITY: 'Garry Mackintosh and Haydn Jessop
TENT CITY: 'Garry Mackintosh and Haydn Jessop
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A fundraising website which was set up to support homeless people living in Leeds’ so-called Tent City is continuing to raise cash for those in need.

Leeds Homeless Partnership set up the 30-day Go Fund Me campaign with the goal of raising £2,000 – and within 19 days it had raised £1,790.

Although the camp – which was set up to raise awareness of homelessness and was based at Victoria Gardens before moving to Park Square Gardens, the Leeds Intenational Pool site and then Calverley Street – has now been dismantled, volunteer Haydn Jessop said the money would still go to good use.

He said: “The Go Fund Me was set up to collect camping gear, tents, sleeping bags, that kind of thing. Now it’s all down, we are using the money to pay for administration fees for people to move into houses. We’ve also been paying referral fees, helping people buy furniture, phones, food, and things like interview clothes. If there is leftover money it will go to other cities, because Tent city is travelling to other cities.”