Lord Mayor with Toddle volunteers
Leeds Hospitals Charity supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year.
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Lord Mayor rallies local community together to raise thousands for NHS hospitals in Leeds in 2021

On the 21st May 2021, Councillor Asghar Khan was officially announced as the city’s 127th Lord Mayor of Leeds.

During his time as Lord Mayor, Councillor Asghar Khan has chosen to support Leeds Hospitals Charity. Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and thanks to donations is able to provide an additional £5m in funding each year to support projects across our hospitals in Leeds. Over the past six months, the Lord Mayor has shown his commitment to fundraising by putting on a whole host of his own events, including a ‘Curry and Quiz’ night, Winter Ball and Jail Break challenge.

Thanks to his profile, the Lord Mayor has also helped raise awareness of Leeds Hospitals Charity and the huge difference donations make, shown through the incredible response to his ‘Step For Your NHS’ fundraising campaign. This saw many individuals, community groups and businesses from across the region getting their steps in to help raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal. An impressive £70,000 has been raised so far thanks to the Lord Mayor’s fundraising efforts, and he isn’t stopping there.

Esther Wakeman, Chief Executive of Leeds Hospitals Charity is grateful to have the support of such an influential figure:

“I feel very privileged that the Lord Mayor chose to support Leeds Hospitals Charity during his year in office. The Lord Mayor has gone above and beyond to support us over the last six months and has embraced every opportunity to help raise fund and awareness of our Charity in many diverse communities across our region.

“We’re really excited to see what this partnership will hold in 2022 and look forward to what the Lord Mayor has planned for the coming months!”

The Lord Mayor has also attended many of the Charity’s fundraising events, including their first Children’s Toddle in October and their ‘Down the Chimney’ abseil in December, where his son and the Sergeant-at-Mace surprised him by braving the challenge!

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan said:

“It is a real honour to be able raise funds for such a wonderful Charity that provide crucial support for hospitals across our city. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to the £70,000 we have raised already. Having relished the challenge of raising funds so far, I can’t wait for the challenge of meeting the £100,000 target by the end of my term.”

In 2022, the Lord Mayor has even more fundraising plans, including a Bollywood Afternoon Tea and Golf-a-thon, in the hope of raising £100,000 to support the NHS heroes caring for our loved ones across our city.

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 Your purchases help us support NHS staff in delivering great care to patients and their families. Please visit our online shop www.leedshospitalscharity.org.uk

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.org.uk 

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