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04 Nov 2016

Smoothwall announce the Leeds Children’s Charity as their charity of 2017.

As Leeds has one of the most diverse economies in the UK, it is vital for local businesses to support communities where possible to reduce the poverty line across the city.

Smoothwall is committed to making a positive impact within Leeds and its surrounding areas.

This, teamed with Smoothwall’s on-going commitment to supporting children and ensuring they have the appropriate resources to learn, meant that partnering with Leeds Children’s Charity for 2017 was an easy decision for Smoothwall.

Leeds Children’s Charity was founded in 1904 to provide respite for disadvantaged and socially excluded children aged 7 to 11 years.

Each year, the charity provides over 400 respite and short break opportunities for the most disadvantaged children in the city of Leeds.

Young people are referred to Leeds Children’s Charity from schools, social services, and other third sector organisations.

A number of the young people they work with and support are in the care system or have caring responsibilities themselves. 

Recently they supported a 10 year old whose mother died when she was just 5, leaving her to be a full-time carer for her paralysed father.

The charity allowed her to experience the carefree life of a child for a week, with her personal highlights including swimming and baking.

Dave Norman, Director of Leeds Children’s Charity, commented:It’s really exciting for Smoothwall to continue to do work that supports the wellbeing of children, as this is something that our employees feel passionate about.

Plus, on a personal note, I’m really excited to get stuck into the sporting fundraising events we have planned.

Throughout 2017, Smoothwall will be hosting a number of events including bake-offs, a summer BBQ, participating in the Leeds 10k and many more in order to raise as much money as we can.

We are also looking at the volunteer opportunities available to help with the maintenance of their residential buildings. Last month we hosted our first event for Leeds Children’s Charity - a Halloween bake-off and pumpkin carving competition.

We raised a total of £52.80, with a very impressive chocolate graveyard taking first place in the baking competition and a cat winning over some scary faces, even with a carved minion in the carve off! 

Claire Stead, Head of Marketing at Smoothwall, commented:

"It’s great that Smoothwall are willing to support our charity and our work. We are currently in the process of changing the way that we work with and support the young people of Leeds, so any help we can get is greatly appreciated. Also for me it will be interesting to learn more about the importance of internet safety and how we can, through our contact with young people, help educate them about it."

Stay up to date with all of our fundraising events on twitter @smoothwall and catch all of the behind the scenes photos on Instagram.

Also let us know if you have any ideas or activities we could get involved in to help raise money for Leeds Children's Charity, by leaving your comments below.

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