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Virtual fundraising pack launched to support Lord Mayor of Leeds’ Charity Appeal

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Due to COVID-19, fundraising events and activities have not been able to go ahead as usual over the past year.

That’s why this year a virtual fundraising pack has been launched to enable people to safely fundraise for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal from the comfort of their own homes. The pack includes ten fun and exciting virtual fundraising ideas, ranging from putting on an online gig for friends and family to completing a fitness challenge every day for a month.

All proceeds from the fundraising activities that take place will be given to the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity, SARSVL (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds). SARSVL is the dedicated Rape Crisis Centre for women and girls in Leeds whose lives have been impacted by child sexual abuse, rape and all forms of sexual violence.

During Councillor Eileen Taylor’s first term as Lord Mayor, over a thousand women and girls accessed one of SARSVL’s specialist services for emotional and practical support, either through a confidential helpline, independent advocacy service or counselling service. The service has continued to offer vital support to women and girls across the city during the pandemic by operating virtually.

After successfully raising over £40,000 for the charity last year, the Lord Mayor hopes to exceed a final total of £50,000 by the end of her second year in the role.

Leeds Lord Mayor’s Charity AppealThe Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor said:

 “In what has been an incredibly difficult and challenging year for charities, I hope this virtual fundraising pack will encourage people across the city to take part in some of the fun fundraising activities in aid of my chosen charity.

“By raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal, you will enable SARSVL to continue the vital work they do day in, day out, helping survivors of sexual violence and abuse at the time they’re ready to seek support.

“Whether you decide to host a virtual quiz, take on a fitness challenge or throw a virtual pizza night for friends and family, we can’t thank you enough for your support!”

Every year, each Lord Mayor chooses a Leeds based charity close to their heart to champion during their year in office. This year’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Eileen Taylor, has selected SARSVL (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds) as her chosen charity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraising events and activities haven’t been able to go ahead as they usually would due to government restrictions. That’s why this year we have created a virtual fundraising pack to enable people to fundraise from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

All proceeds from the fundraising activities that take place will be given to the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity, SARSVL. Whether you decide to host a virtual quiz, take on a fitness challenge or throw a virtual pizza night for friends and family, we can’t thank you enough for your support.

However you choose to get involved, by raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal, you will enable SARSVL to be there for survivors of sexual violence and abuse at the time they’re ready to seek support. In what has been an incredibly difficult and challenging year for charities, your support is vital in helping SARSVL to continue the essential work they do day in, day out.

If you’d like to get involved, the virtual fundraising pack can be downloaded at www.supportafterrapeleeds.org.uk

Once you’ve finished your fantastic fundraising, simply donate the money via the Lord Mayor’s Charity at www.justgiving.com/lmca

If you are unable to host or participate in a virtual fundraising activity but would like to make a donation to the charity, payments can be sent via the JustGiving page.

Don’t forget to share your fundraising stories and activities on social media by tagging @LordMayorLeeds and @SARSVL on Twitter.

Thank you so much!

Source Leeds City Council