Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Kahn
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WANTED: Jailbreak challenge aiming to raise £10,000 in support of Leeds Hospitals Charity

On Monday 15 November the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Kahn, will join twelve councillors and local business owners who are taking on a unique fundraising challenge in support of Leeds Hospitals Charity, the Lord Mayor of Leeds’s Charity for 2021/22.

The group will spend the day locked up in the chambers beneath Leeds Civic Hall and will each need to raise £999 to gain their freedom – with every pound raised, being used to support patients and staff across the NHS in Leeds. To reach their target, the team will only have access to their phone by sending emails, social media posts and phone calls to friends, family, and colleagues. Throughout the day, participants will be live-tweeting their efforts as they work together to raise over £10,000.

You can follow along with the day’s events by using #LCHJailBreak. Councillor Asghar Khan, Lord Mayor of Leeds said:

“I can’t wait for the Jailbreak challenge and I am really looking forward to continuing to help raise vital funds for Leeds Hospital Charity. It will be great to be part of a team of local councillors and businesses owners, all working together for such a good cause, I just hope that none of the participants end up being locked up in the Civic Hall for good.“

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said:

“I’m excited and a little nervous to be part of this challenge to raise funds for Leeds Hospitals Charity, which supports the excellent work of our hospitals to care for over a million patients every year. Although I know my way around the Civic Hall pretty well, I’m hopeful that I won’t need my pickaxe and shovel!”

Esther Wakeman, CEO of Leeds Hospitals Charity is excited to be joining in the fundraiser:

“It’s wonderful to see councillors coming together with local businesses to take part in this innovative fundraising idea. We’re honoured to have been chosen as the Lord Mayor’s charity of the year, and events like these are a great opportunity to help raise the profile of our charity and the work we do to support our NHS Hospitals in Leeds.”

Current list of participants includes:

  • Councillor Asghar Khan, Lord Mayor of Leeds
  • Tom Riordan CBE, CEO, Leeds City Council
  • Esther Wakeman, CEO, Leeds Hospital Charity
  • Gerry Harper, Alderman
  • Councillor James Mckenna
  • Hanif Malik OBE, Director of the Park Lane Foundation
  • Roger Tuby, Founder International Funfairs
  • Stewart Robinson, Founder International Funfairs
  • Councillor Daniel Cohen
  • Ronny Millet, Alderman
  • Francesco Mazzella, Business owner and Entrepreneur
  • Allison Lowe, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We support NHS staff to deliver the best care for patients and their families, by raising funds for equipment, services, education and research. Leeds Hospitals Charity provides support for eight areas which include Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfdale Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute.

Leeds Hospitals Charity supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, each year we provide £5 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

For more information about Leeds Hospitals Charity please visit www.leedshospitalscharity.org.uk or follow us for the latest updates on Facebook at @LeedsHospitalsCharity and on Twitter @LDSHospCharity

Donations to Leeds Hospitals Charity help fund initiatives that make a difference and help staff to provide the best possible care and support to patients and their loved ones. Donations can help to fund:

  • Specialist equipment and life-saving research
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Educational opportunities for NHS staff
  • Improvements to the hospital environment
  • Specialist staff

Thank You for your support www.leedshospitalscharity.enthuse.com

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