The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Former Lord Mayor presents £23K to Leeds Children’s Hospital

3 December 2015

The former Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve, has handed over £23,769.10 raised in his name during his recent term in office to the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Councillor Congreve adopted the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal as his charity of the year in May 2014 after he was given a guided tour of some of the children’s wards and departments. He saw first-hand where the Lord Mayor’s Charity could help make a difference and decided to make it the focus on his own funding during his civic year.

Fundraising activities organised for the Lord Mayor’s Charity included a fire walk in Millennium Square, a “Pennies from Heaven” initiative involving Leeds City Council staff and the “Just One Day” initiative where companies and individuals were asked to donate just one day and fundraise for the Lord Mayor.

Councillor Congreve said: “Leeds Children’s Hospital is a fantastic facility which makes such a difference to the health of children here in the city and across Yorkshire.  I’m delighted that the money raised during my year in office will go directly to improving the quality of the environment for young patients.

Mr Edward Ziff, Chairman of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation, said:  “To be chosen as the Lord Mayor’s Charity for the past year has been a huge honour for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.  We were delighted at the strong personal commitment of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to promote the cause of helping sick children being treated here in the city.

“The money the Lord Mayor’s appeal has raised on our behalf is a significant boost to our funds and will be spent on helping to create a soothing and calming environment for young patients, creating distraction walls and placing murals on clinical looking walls giving the children’s areas a nice feel and enhancing our patients’ experience.”