Leeds bands make some noise for Simon on the Streets

Ellen and the Escapades.
Ellen and the Escapades.
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Top bands from across Leeds have stepped into the recording studio in aid of a local homeless charity.

Popular names including Ellen and the Escapades, Backyards and Fossil Collective, have recorded their own take on classic Christmas songs or come up with their own original creations.

Supporters can donate any amount online now and will receive a digital album to listen to in return.

The campaign is a joint effort by Leeds-based Anthologies and Hide and Seek records and money raised will go to Simon on the Streets (SOTS).

Sean Gledhill, from Anthologies, said: “My introduction to SOTS was when a friend had taken part in one of the sponsored sleep outs and she told me all about the charity and their work.

“I had set up Anthologies that year and I wanted to do something that promoted a real sense of local community during the festive period.

“So with help I created films documenting performances of Christmas songs by local musicians.

“The videos were released in an advent calendar-style format with viewers being asked to donate to SOTS.

“The campaign has grown this year and hopefully further showcases some of the musical talent in Leeds and raise more money for SOTS.

“They really are a breath of fresh air, which is reflected in the unique services they offer.”

To boost the fundraising total even further, a gig will also be held at The Brudenell Social Club on Thursday December 13.

Entry costs £4 in advance and includes performances by The S.S.S.S.S, Backyards, Grant K Fennell and These Men.

To donate and download the album, visit www.justgiving.com/AnthologiesChristmas2012.

* The YEP-backed StreetSmart Leeds homeless campaign will this year split proceeds between St Anne’s, St George’s Crypt, Caring For Life, Teen Challenge and Simon on the Streets. Each year restaurants participating in the scheme ask customers to add £1 to their bill.

DONATION: The cheque for �27,317 is handed over to Epilepsy Action.

Ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds’s £27,000 charity total