Friday, 30 April 2010

Fundraising success for council staff

Through a variety of fundraising activities, big-hearted staff at Leeds City Council have raised over £4200, with more money still coming in.

This year staff were involved in organising events, donating cakes or raffle prizes, collecting money, and giving money to the charity.

Red Heart Day is held on the Friday nearest to St Valentine’s Day each year, and marks a council-wide effort to raise money for the Lord Mayors charities.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott said:

“All the staff involved with the fundraising for Red Heart day have achieved a tremendous result, and I am so pleased with the amount of money raised. Staff have been very generous and I am very grateful for all the hard work that went into the day to make it such a success.

“The money raised will go towards three very worthwhile causes and will help continue the good work that they are involved with across the city.”

This year the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities are Samaritans, Create and Middleton Equestrian Riding for the Disabled.

Notes to editors:

Leeds Samaritans are part of the national charity, founded over 50 years ago, and exist to emotionally support anyone who is desperate, in despair or crisis, including those who may have thoughts which lead to suicide.

Middleton Riding for the Disabled Association is part of the national charity, with the centre catering for over 150 disabled and disadvantaged children every week, giving them the benefit of doing a different activity, contributing to improving mobility, balance and possibly helping with mental health problems.

Create is a charity which helps homeless and marginalised people get work through training opportunities and employment.

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