Sunshine and smiles after £20k cash boost

Youngsters and their parents at Sunshine and Smiles- Leeds Down Syndrome Support Network
Youngsters and their parents at Sunshine and Smiles- Leeds Down Syndrome Support Network
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There were miles of smiles for parents in Leeds after their group received a cash boost to help them continue their lifechanging work.

Sunshine and Smiles is a support network for children and young people who have Down Syndrome and their families in Leeds.

The group was started by a group of parents who felt there was a lack of support for families in Leeds.

And now they are looking to offer even more help after Leeds Community Foundation’s Jimbo’s Fund awarded them £20,000 to continue their work.

Ailith Harley-Roberts, who is the chair of the group, said: “This kind of funding is really important for groups like us.

“This money will be used to help keep the group sustainable and grow it to continue to meet the needs of as many families as possible across the city.

“The children have such a strong sense of friendship.

“Having this funding from Jimbo’s means we can develop other ideas as well to support families.”

Sally-Anne Greenfield from Leeds Community Foundation said: “Through our Jimbo’s Fund we are delighted to have given a grant of £20,000 to Sunshine & Smiles, a volunteer-led organisation which will make a vital difference to local Leeds children and young people who have Downs Syndrome and their families.”

Leeds Community Foundation recently launched their Children and Young People’s Fund to help improve the lives of children across the city.

They are hoping to raise £100,000 to support some of the region’s most vulnerable children.

For more information about the fund visit

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