Business leaders add their support to Lord Mayor’s charity appeal

Top picture caption: (L-R) - Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve were joined at the launch by guests including paediatric surgeon at Leeds Children's Hospital, Jonathan Sutcliffe.

Bottom picture caption: (centre-L-R) - Paediatric surgeon at Leeds Children's Hospital, Jonathan Sutcliffe and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr David Congreve, with members of the city's business community and the Lord Mayor's charity committee.

Business leaders from across the city have gathered this week to find out more about the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal.

As part of the event which was held at Leeds Civic Hall, members of the business community met with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve and the council’s chief executive Tom Riordan, to hear how their support for this year’s chosen charity, the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, can make a tremendous difference to the lives of the young people and families it supports.

Providing one of the most comprehensive specialist services in the country for children, the Leeds Children’s Hospital looks after youngsters from birth to the age of 16 living across Yorkshire and beyond. In the last 12 months, over 200,000 children have been treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital, and a key aim of the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal this year, is to contribute to the cost of specialised state-of-the-art equipment to support the fantastic work being undertaken day in, day out by clinicians. Donors also have the opportunity to adopt items from a ‘wish list’ to raise the funds that are needed to buy a variety of equipment.

A range of activities and events are already in the pipeline to help raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s charity, include a gala dinner and golf day. To find out more how you can book a place at the golf day or charity dinner or find out more about the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal and equipment wish list, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/lordmayor

Anyone wishing to contribute to the appeal can do so in the following ways: By text: ‘LMCA01’ to 70070, or online at www.justgiving.com/lmca

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:

"It was fantastic that so many business leaders across Leeds gave up their valuable time to hear in person how they can potentially support my chosen charity this year, the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.

"The work that the Leeds Children’s Hospital do to help our youngsters is simply brilliant, and it is amazing how even the smallest donation can play an important part in helping us for example, brighten up wards and parent waiting rooms, or contribute towards much needed state-of the-art specialised equipment.

"The event was extremely positive, and I am looking forward to hearing how the business community can help our campaign for such a great cause. To find out how you can contribute to the appeal, please see our website."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk