Leeds raises £10,300 for Children in Need

Leeds raised £10,300 last Friday for the 2006 BBC Children in Need appeal.

Karen Wint, head of marketing and PR at the society, says: “Last year we raised £5,158, which we thought would take some beating, so to have doubled that amount this year really is magnificent.

“It is especially impressive when you consider that we have also contributed in recent months to Jeans for Genes Day, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Help the Aged Hug campaign.

“I feel immensely proud of the efforts made and Friday really was a tremendously fun day.”

The fundraising activities taking place in head office included employees being invited to settle old scores by throwing a wet sponge at their head of department.

Other activities saw the society get into the current Strictly Come Dancing fever with Ballroom and Latin dancing classes, very brave male volunteers agreeing to have their backs and legs waxed, guess the caption competitions, fancy dress, raffles, interactive bingo and a quiz.

The fundraising spirit was also evident in the branch network where staff were invited to dress up for the day, and customers visiting the branches were encouraged to donate to Children in Need.