North Leeds: Cowboys and girls raise money for baby charity

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The Wild West took a mums and tots class by storm thanks to a rodeo-inspired charity event aimed at infant development.

New mums and their babies saddled up and took a fancy dress ride to the Sensory event at the School of Philosphy on Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton on Friday.

The event boasted a collection of baby-based activities that were designed to enchant and stimulate little ones – who were dressed as mini cowboys and cowgirls for the day.

Activities at the event included making a cowboy-style stew, singing songs around a campfire, dancing with lasso-like ribbons and a play area complete with fluffy teddies and cow print coloured balloons, all culminating in the grand finale – a shower of bubbles, balloons, confetti and petals.

Kate Johnson, event organiser, 26, of Horsforth, said: “I loved the day, it was great fun.

“I always enjoy running the classes and when we have a really good theme and it’s for a good cause as well it just makes it even more fun and worthwhile.”

The fundraiser was organised by Baby Sensory, which runs weekly development classes for babies and toddlers across the UK, and it was part of a series of sensory charity events taking place in June at venues in north Leeds.

The organisation was collecting money on behalf of Tommy’s – a charity which funds research into pregnancy problems, miscarriages, stillbirths and premature births.

Miss Johnson said the group had already beaten its target of raising £100,000 across the country and it was now looking to raise £135,000 by the end of June.

She added: “I feel really privileged to have been asked as part of the Baby Sensory team to raise funds for Tommy’s.”

Mum Briony Nicholls, 29, of Methley, said: “It was really good fun and my 12-week-old son Zachary loved it.

“I travelled quite far to get here from south Leeds because there’s just nothing as good as this where I live and it’s totally different to other groups that I’ve been to.”

She added: “I’ve met a couple of people since becoming a new mum that have had stillbirths or miscarriages in the past and it’s devastating for those families.”

Visit for more information on Baby Sensory or to get involved with the classes.

The money raised will go towards funding research projects looking at causes and prevention of stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.

Visit to find out more about the charity and how to connect with it in the Leeds area.

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