Light up lives of vulnerable Leeds kids

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Leeds churches are holding Christingle services throughout December to bring light into the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

The Children’s Society’s annual Christingle campaign invites supporters to decorate oranges with red ribbon, cocktail sticks and sweets to celebrate the Christian story.

Organised in churches across the country, all money raised through the services will help to protect children the charity works with, including victims of sexual exploitation.

Rob Jackson, Yorkshire area director at The Children’s Society, said: “We are thankful for the massive difference that Christingle services make to vulnerable children, year after year.

“Every child deserves a childhood filled with joy and happiness. The support from everyone attending Christingle events across West Yorkshire and all over the country will help us to fight child sexual exploitation and allow us to support even more children who have been seriously affected by it.”

The Children’s Society’s Christingle campaign has been taking place for 47 years and, with around one million people attending services each year, it plays a key part in supporting the charity’s work.

This year, the charity is aiming to raise £1.4 million.

A service will take place at St Augustine’s Wrangthorn, Hyde Park Terrace, Leeds, at 10.30am on Sunday, December 13.

There will also be a service at St Mary’s, Hawksworth Wood, Hawkswood Avenue, Leeds, at 4pm on Sunday, December 20.

Details of other services across West Yorkshire are available at www.christingle.org