South Leeds: Cab firm offering groups a fare deal

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A generous Hunslet taxi firm is offering community groups in south Leeds the chance to get hold of a share of its profits.

South Leeds and Hunslet Cars, based in Stafford Street, is giving away £5,000 to good causes.

The money – which will come directly from company profits – will be used to help sports teams, social clubs, young people’s groups and other organisations in need of a funding.

Managing director Richard Holt said: “We have supported various groups in some shape or form for the last ten years.

“Without our loyal customers we would be nothing and we don’t just want to take from people – we want to give something back.”

South Leeds and Hunslet Cars is a south Leeds institution, having been in business for 30 years.

The company currently has more than 130 cars and operates round-the-clock.

Mr Holt and business partner Glen Harrison have run the company for the last decade – but have both worked for the firm for twice as long.

The two men are from Hunslet and have a keen desire to support groups in the local area.

Organisations to have benefited include Middleton-based Dazl Diamonds, who received sponsorship for kits.

South Leeds Youth Hub, in Belle Isle, receives £100 a month from the company. Belle Isle Winter Aid, which helps the elderly during the winter, has also been given money in the past.

“If we keep these profits, they will only go to the taxman,” Mr Holt said.

“We do a lot throughout the year to help different groups – sports teams, dance groups, old people’s groups – and we get all sorts of approaches from different people asking for sponsorship for their team.

“We’re both local lads and it’s important to us to be involved in the community.”

Staff from the taxi firm took part in a sponsored skydive last year for the Hunslet Club, which provides activities for young people.

The event was held in memory of 19-year-old Ciaran Bingham, from Belle Isle, who suffered fatal head injuries when his motorbike was involved in collision with a car in Wakefield last January.

His family have been members of the club for years.

It raised £1,000, which was given to Hunslet Club chief executive Dennis Robbins.

South Leeds and Hunslet Cars will give up to £500 to community groups for specific items, equipment or kit.

Anyone interested should apply by e-mailing info@southleeds.co.uk or visit: www.southleeds.co.uk