New garden springs up thanks to Leeds Children’s Society

Ian Kirk and Verlie McCann, of Leeds Children's Charity with Sally-Ann Kirk of Yorkshire Building Society.
Ian Kirk and Verlie McCann, of Leeds Children's Charity with Sally-Ann Kirk of Yorkshire Building Society.
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Hundreds of children will be able to enjoy a new musical sensory garden this summer thanks to Leeds Children’s Charity and a helping hand from Yorkshire Building Society members

The Society’s charitable foundation has donated £1,925 to the charity which has helped almost 60,000 disadvantaged and socially excluded children from the city enjoy a holiday at its purpose built centre in Silverdale, on the north-west coast.

The money will allow Leeds Children’s Charity to complete work on its new garden at the centre which will be equipped with a wide range of tactile plants, fragrant flowers and musical instruments.

Verlie McCann, chairman of the board of trustees at Leeds Children’s Charity, said: “I would like to say thank you to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their assistance in the purchase of the musical instruments which will be enjoyed by those who use the garden.

“The brief behind the design of the garden was to stimulate the senses of children who stay at the holiday centre and to provide them with wonderful experiences using touch, smell, sight, and sound.

“This has been achieved and more, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has made it possible.”

Leeds Children’s Charity has also been supported by the Rotary Club of Leeds, the Rotary Club of Leeds White Rose and Travis Perkins in raising money and acquiring materials for the garden.

Leeds City Council parks and gardens department also helped to design the garden and provided plants and trees.

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