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: